Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Gujarat working president and Dediapada MLA Chaitar Vasava, who was granted bail by the Narmada District Sessions Court Monday in the alleged case of extortion and assault of a forest officer, has decided to “put off the execution” of the bail surety until his wife Shakuntala and eight others arrested in the case are also granted bail.
On Tuesday, even as jail authorities and the district police prepared for the release of Chaitar Vasava from the Rajpipla sub-jail, where he has been lodged in judicial custody since December 18, Chaitar surprised everyone by refusing to execute the bail order. The MLA was arrested and sent to remand on December 14.
“Once a person is in judicial custody, it means that he is in the custody of the court. Even though the court has granted the bail, the warrant for the release is sent to the jail authorities only after the conditions of the bail are met with and the surety is executed. So, it is a legal process that has to be followed… Chaitar has decided to execute the bail conditions only when his wife, Shakuntala, and others are granted bail. It is his emotional decision,” Chaitar’s advocate SK Joshi told The Indian Express.
Earlier on Tuesday, the district police barricaded the roads leading to the Rajpipla sub-jail as a stream of supporters and mediapersons arrived at the jail in anticipation of Chaitar’s release. The 12-page bail order of the Narmada Sessions Judge NR Joshi Monday had set 13 bail conditions, including the MLA’s consent to the “trial proceeding in his absence” in the Narmada court. Apart from asking Chaitar Vasava to furnish a bond of Rs 1 lakh as well as two guarantors to present a surety of Rs 1 lakh each, Chaitar has been directed to “not enter the Narmada district jurisdiction till the end of the trial” or reside at an alternate residence in Narmada district or Bharuch, among other conditions.
“He has to agree to all the conditions to be able to be granted bail, so there is no choice per se, but we will explore other legal aspects available in this matter, later,” Joshi added.
Sources close to Chaitar added that the tribal leader had made up his mind to contest from the Bharuch Lok Sabha constituency in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.