The Delhi High Court Tuesday granted bail to a rape convict who has been suffering from an ‘incurable’ liver disease since last May.
Justice Siddharth Mridul ordered the Tihar jail authorities to release convict Satyam Singh on bail. He was sentenced to seven-year imprisonment by a lower court for raping a minor girl.
The court asked Singh to furnish a bond of Rs.5,000 and a surety of the same amount for his release.
Justice Mridul said: ‘The prisoner (Singh) is reported to be terminally
ill and suffering
from what is commonly termed as an incurable disease. In these circumstances, it is directed that the appellant to be released on bail.’
The bail order came in the wake of a 2007 court order in which it said undertrials who were terminally ill could be released on bail on humanitarian grounds.
A medical report was filed by the jail authorities in court said that Singh has been suffering from chronic liver disease.
In April last year, a city court sentenced Singh to seven-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs.1,000 for raping a 12-year-old girl in 2008