An HIV positive convict in the 2002 Best Bakery case was granted bail by the Bombay high court on medical grounds.
A division bench of justice VM Kanade and justice PD Kode granted bail to the convict against a personal bond of Rs 5,000 on grounds of his medical condition.
This is the first person to secure bail in the case; the other eight convicts are serving life sentences at the Kolhapur central prison.
Following his application for bail, the court had called for his medical report from the Civil Hospital in Kolhapur, which was submitted on Thursday.
Based on the medical report, the court observed that the convict's condition seemed precarious. According to additional public prosecutor, Jayesh Yagnik, the convict's CD4 count has gone down to 196. Yagnik's report said that this was the second stage of the illness and was dangerous.
While granting bail, the court directed him to give his permanent address in Vadodara to the police along with his contact number.
He was then directed to be released along with an order that his relatives report his condition to the nearest police station once in two weeks.
Legal aid counsel for the convict, Indrayani Koparkar, said the order would have to be relayed to the Kolhapur jail authorities.
Fourteen people were killed at Best Bakery in Vadodara during the 2002 Gujarat riots. Of the 17 accused, nine were sentenced to life imprisonment by a special court in Mumbai.