The special trial court had sentenced Pathan to life imprisonment on July 28, 2016.
In 2017, Pathan, 41, filed an appeal against his conviction and sentence from Taloja Central prison where he is lodged. While the appeal is still pending, last year, he filed for bail.
Through his lawyers Mubin Solkar and Tahera Qureshi, Pathan sought bail on the grounds that he was “falsely framed” in the case and used to earn a honest livelihood working as a pharmacist in a chemist shop.
At the time of his arrest, he said his daughter was barely a year old and he has no criminal antecedents. He said when his name surfaced, he surrendered himself on June 13, 2006 and during his trial completed his studies in Bachelor of Arts from Arthur Road jail through an open university securing a first class and went on to do his Masters in Political Science
Special public prosecutor Raja Thakare opposing his bail plea had said the case was serious about likely transportation of explosives and weapons in the region while enquiring into the Nanded bomb blast case.
On May 9, 2006, anti-terror squad had deputed its officers along Manmad, Yeola and Aurangabad road and intercepted a jeep after chasing it and apprehended one co-accused while two others fled. And later after trial, he has been convicted for his role and hence bail be denied, it was argued.
Last year, a co-accused in the case Bilal Ahmed also represented by advocate Solkar had been granted bail by the HC which said he had made out a good case for bail and suspension of sentence after also factoring in the long incarceration of 16 years and the time it may take for appeal to be disposed.
On Thursday, the HC granted Pathan bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and the reasoned judgment will be available later.