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Convicted Murderer Granted Bail to Write Law Entrance Exam, Courtesy of Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court’s controversial decision to grant temporary bail to convicted murderer Sohail Ansari to appear for a law entrance exam has sparked outrage. Critics argue this move undermines the gravity of his crime and raises questions about the judiciary’s priorities.



Convicted Murderer Granted Bail to Pursue Law Degree, Courtesy of Bombay High Court.

Mumbai: In a move that has sparked widespread criticism, the Bombay High Court on Friday granted temporary bail to Sohail Salim Ansari, a 29-year-old convicted murderer, allowing him to appear for the Maharashtra common entrance test for law on May 30. The decision, made by a vacation bench of Justice N.R. Borkar and Justice Somasekhar Sundaresan, permits Ansari a week’s release on a cash bail of Rs. 15,000, with the requirement to return to Paithan Open Jail by May 31.

Ansari, currently serving a life sentence for his involvement in the brutal murder of Ramesh Baban Jadhav in Malad East during the Diwali holidays of 2014, approached the court through his counsel, Advocate Irfan Shabbir Unwala. Citing his young age and purported good behavior, Ansari sought furlough to take the law entrance test, a plea that has been met with strong objections from the public and legal community alike.

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Additional Public Prosecutor Prajakta Shinde vehemently opposed the bail request, arguing that Ansari had not explicitly sought temporary bail initially. Despite this, the court proceeded to grant his release, noting that a criminal appeal was pending and encouraging Ansari to request a hearing for his bail plea.

Ansari’s conviction in 2021 followed a violent altercation in 2014, where he and his associates attacked the Trivedi family, leading to Ramesh Jadhav’s death by fatal sword blows inflicted by Ansari. The Additional Sessions Judge at Dindoshi sentenced Ansari and his co-accused to life imprisonment under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code, along with additional charges of assault and criminal intimidation.

In 2023, Ansari challenged his conviction, alleging procedural lapses and insufficient evidence, such as delayed recovery of CCTV footage and discrepancies in eyewitness testimonies. While this appeal remains unresolved, the court’s recent decision to grant him bail for an academic pursuit has raised serious concerns.

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Critics argue that the judiciary’s leniency in this case undermines the severity of Ansari’s crime and sends a troubling message about the priorities. The decision has sparked outrage, with many questioning the rationale behind allowing a convicted murderer temporary freedom for personal advancement, overshadowing the gravity of his heinous actions and the pain endured by the victim’s family.

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