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HC to decide on Baig’s jail transfer plea on Oct 9

Bombay High Court

Mumbai :  The Bombay High Court today said it would take a decision on October 9 on a plea by German Bakery blast convict Himayat Baig, seeking transfer from Nagpur jail to a prison here or a nearby town.

The Maharashtra government, in a reply to the plea, said it would inform the court on October 9 whether it was feasible to shift Baig to Mumbai Central Prison at Arthur Road here.

A division bench of justices Naresh Patil and S B Shukre, currently hearing the case to confirm the death sentence awarded to Baig by the trial court, fixed Friday to hear the plea. The lone convict in the 2010 blast in Pune has also filed an appeal against the lower court’s verdict.

Currently lodged in Nagpur Central Prison, Baig is hearing proceedings through video conference.

In his plea, sent through the jail, Baig contended that he would like to personally attend the Bombay High Court proceedings so that he can interact with his lawyers. Hence, he said may be shifted to some prison in or around Mumbai.

A sessions court in 2013 sentenced Baig to death for his role in the bomb blast inside the iconic bakery in Pune on February 13, 2010 that killed 17 people, including five foreign nationals, and injured 58 others.

Earlier, Baig was lodged in Pune’s Yerwada Jail, from where she was shifted to Nagpur Central Jail after he alleged there was a threat to his life.

Baig had said he feared he may be killed like his co- accused in the case, Qateel Siddiqui, an operative of Indian Mujahideen who was found murdered in his cell in Yerwada Prison in June 2012. Baig also claimed some people had attacked him in the jail.

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