New Delhi, June 1: It has been nine months since Swami Aseemanand, one of the accused in the Samjautha express blasts case was granted bail.
However, it sounds a bit surprising that despite having been granted bail, he has not furnished the bail bonds and sureties which would entitle him to walk out from jail. [Samjhauta Express blast and accused Swami Aseemanand: All you need to know]
Swami Aseemanand was accused of playing a part in the Samjautha express blasts on February 2007.
Following his arrest in the year 2010, he was lodged first in the Hyderabad jail and later on shifted to a prison in Ambala.
After spending four years in jail, he was granted bail by the High Court of Punjab and Haryana High Court on August 28 2014.
What is stopping Swami Aseemanand from walking out of jail?
Although Swami Aseemanand has been granted bail in the Samjautha express blasts case, he still faces charges in the Ajmer and Mecca Masjid blasts. If he furnishes his bail bond he will walk out of the Ambala jail.
However, there was also a chance that he may have been taken to a jail in Rajasthan or Hyderabad where the Ajmer and Mecca Masjid blasts cases are lodged respectively.
Legal experts say that it is quite strange that Aseemanand despite having being granted bail has not furnished the bail bonds. There is more than what meets the eye and it appears that he does not want to go out of the Ambala jail.
He is aware that once released from thde Ambala jail he will be taken to a prison in either Hyderabad or Rajasthan.
Sources say that there is a better chance of him being taken to the Hyderabad jail in connection with the Mecca Masjid blasts case. His life could be under threat and hence he may have opted not to furnish the bail bonds and walk out of Ambala jail.
There is a threat to his life:
Swami Assemanand faces a high degree of threat to his life. While there are intelligence reports to suggest that his life is under threat even during the hearing of his case before the court, the same had been informed.
The police had informed the court which was hearing his bail plea that there was a threat to his life and this is one of the reasons why Swami Aseemanand may be avoiding furnishing the bail bond and surety.
On August 28 2014, Swami Aseemanand was granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The court had taken into consideration his old age and the delay in trial while granting him bail.
Further, it had also directed him to furnish a personal bond and two sureties before the Panchkula special court.
There is however no clarity whether the NIA would have sought a directive from the Rajasthan or Hyderabad court to keep Aseemanand in jail.
There was a good chance of him walking out of the Ambala jail had he furnished the bail bond. There appears to be a threat to his life both inside and outside jail, sources informed.