Jerrit John, who was convicted and sentenced to five years’ imprisonment by a special court in October last year for throwing acid on his girlfriend, was granted bail on Monday.
Justice Abhay Thipsay granted bail on a bond of Rs25,000 and on the condition that he report to the police on the first Sunday of each month.
John, a production house owner, has already been in custody for more than three years.
He had claimed in his bail application that the special court had erred in convicting him under sections 326 of the IPC (causing grievous hurt to the survivor). He had attached reports by four doctors from Hinduja Hospital affirming the survivor, Aryanka Hosbetkar, had not suffered from any ‘permanent injuries and that her face and neck had no scars’.
He claimed before the high court that the liquid flung at Hosbetkar’s face was not acid. John’s advocate Amin Solkar also submitted the chemical analyser’s report stating the liquid was some ‘mild form of chloride’. This liquid, Solkar claimed, could even be ‘salt water’.
After going through the medical reports, justice Thipsay observed, “The liquid did not seem to be acid.” Justice Thipsay also took note of the fact that John has been in custody for three years and three months and thus, granted him bail.
John was convicted in October 2015 on the charges of splashing acid on Hosbetkar’s face, house trespassing with an intention of assault and wrongfully confining the survivor in her house.
He was arrested on November 12, 2012, after hurling the liquid at Hosbetkar, an international cyclist, at her house in Adarsh Colony, Worli.
Prior to the incident, the two had been in a relationship for around 10 months before Hosbetkar ended it after learning John was married and had a five-year-old son.