The Bombay High Court, on Monday, granted bail to Jerrit John, who was convicted by the sessions court last year for throwing acid on his girlfriend Aryanka Hosbetkar three years ago at her Worli residence.
It was in the month of October last year that the special women court judge Vrushali Joshi had sentenced John to five years imprisonment. John had already served three years in jail.
Speaking to mid-day, Jerrit's mother and his advocate Amin Solkar confirmed the news that John has been granted bail by the High Court and that the procedure to get him out will be done on Wednesday.
It was on November 6, 2012 that John (46), the owner of No Nonsense, a production house, allegedly flung acid at his former girlfriend, city-based cyclist, Aryanka Hosbetkar (27) at her residence in Worli with a corrosive chemical in the presence of her mother and friends.
According to the prosecution, John fled the scene after attacking Hosbetkar, who suffered injuries on her eye and tongue, but she was later discharged from hospital on the same day.
Prior to the attack, their relationship was strained after Hosbetkar found out that Jerrit was married and had a five-year-old son.
On November 11, 2012 John was arrested by Dadar police station and was booked under sections 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), 379 (theft), 341 (wrongful restraint), 452 (trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint).
The charge of attempt to murder against John was added by police after eleven days.