The Bombay High Court today granted bail to production house owner Jerrit John, convicted for throwing acid at his former girlfriend, after observing that he has already undergone more than three years in jail.
Justice Abhay Thipsay asked John to furnish surety of Rs 25,000 and directed him to appear before Dadar police once in a week and also to not contact the victim or her family.
John, who owns production house ‘No Nonsense’, had hurled acid on his former girlfriend Aryanka Hosbetkar at her Worli residence on November 10, 2012 in presence of her mother and friends.
In October last year, a special court convicted him for causing grievous hurt by means of a corrosive substance, under section 326, for wrongful confinement under section 342 and for house trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint under section 452 of the Indian Penal Code.
However, the court acquitted him of the attempt to murder charge while handing him five years of rigorous imprisonment, following which he approached the high court challenging his conviction and sought bail saying he has already undergone more than three years in prison.
The HC today observed that it has gone through the medical evidence in the case and is of the prima facie view that the chemical was not acid.
The HC has admitted John’s appeal against conviction which will come up for hearing in due course.
( Source – PTI )