Providing an interim relief to newly wedded couple Vismay Shah and his wife, and four others, who were behind bars since last week of December in connection with a prohibition case, the Gujarat High Court on Friday granted them temporary bail till the next hearing of the matter which is scheduled on January 9.
However, while granting temporary bail the court also made it obvious that all the accused are not allowed to leave Ahmedabad.
During the course of proceedings, the court also issued a notice to the state government asking its reply in the matter by the next hearing of the cases.
Vismay Shah's and others Petition for bail was heard by the vacation bench of Justice AC Rao, who is the fourth judge in charge to hear the cases during the winter vacations of the courts. As earlier three judges recused themselves from hearing Vismay's Case the high court registry had no option, but to place the matter before Justice Rao on Friday.
The learned Counsels appearing on behalf of the accused had argued that their alleged offences are bailable in nature as they were taken under custody in case of prohibition and the sections levelled against them are not grave in nature.
The Court thus provided the relief to the accused till the next date of hearing.
On December 26, the Adalaj Police, while patrolling, raided at house number 16 of Balaji Kutur Bungalows where it found Vismay Shah with his newlywed wife and four friends having a liquor party. The raid was not pre-planned and the police were not specifically after Vismay as they identified him only during the documentation which was a surprise for them as earlier to this he was convicted for a BMW hit and run case.
The police found Vismay Shah, his wife Pooja, and his friends Meemansa Buch, Chintan Patel, Harshit Majmudar and Manthan Ganatra in a loaded state.
After their arrest, Gandhinagar court rejected their bail plea, following which they moved to High Court.