The Bombay High Court yesterday refused to grant temporary bail to Ateef Mulla, sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in the 2003 Mulund train bomb blast case.
Ateef had sought his release to tend to his minor son who is suffering from thalassemia.
His lawyer Mubin Solkar argued that the son of his client has to be taken to hospital regularly for blood transfusion and monitoring and that Ateef is the only person in the family to be able to do so.
“Ateef’s parents are old and bed-ridden, his wife is also suffering from spine problems. Hence he is the only one who can take care of the son. He was on bail throughout the trial and was taken into custody only in April this year after the lower court convicted and sentenced him,” he said.
A division bench of Justices A S Oka and A A Sayed perused a medical report procured by the prosecution from the hospital where Ateef’s son is being treated stating that the child needs to be taken to the hospital once every month till September.