Bhana was released on temporary bail on July 30 after he filed an application stating he had a medical emergency and needed to undergo surgery. He was to surrender to the jail on August 21. He later filed an application seeking extension of the bail.
“As could be seen the grounds extending the temporary bail, which was originally granted as per order passed by the court on July 30, was that the applicant has undergone three operations and that he was on post-operative treatment thereafter. He therefore wanted more time to be out of jail to continue the medical treatment,” the court order said.
“In course of the hearing, Additional Public Prosecutor made available a certificate from the General Hospital, Godhra, in which it was indicated that the applicant was admitted to the hospital but took discharge on August 15 against medical advice. There were different versions about the applicant being under treatment in hospital. It was stated, however, by the advocate for the applicant that when the application was filed, he was in the hospital availing of treatment. Thereafter, the applicant was at home and the treatment has been continuing from there,” it further stated.
“There is no gainsaying that the applicant underwent as many as three operations. It will require post-operative treatment and medical care for the applicant. The applicant has, although enjoyed sufficient leave, in order to enable the applicant to continue his treatment, we extend the temporary bail period of the applicant upto September 2,” the order said.
A total of 59 karsevaks were charred to death when an unruly mob attacked an S-6 coach of the Sabarmati Express train returning from Ayodhya at Godhra railway station on February 27, 2002.