Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Friday granted bail to 106 more accused in the Marad murder case which had claimed nine lives in 2003.

While granting bail, Justice R. Basant imposed stringent conditions. Earlier, the court had granted bail to 28 accused in the case.

Among the conditions imposed were that the accused should furnish a bond of Rs.2 lakh each and three solvent sureties for the like sum. The court also said one of the sureties should be blood relative of the accused. The place of residence should be specified by the accused before they were released on bail and they should reside within 3 km of the special court.

The accused had been directed not to travel to any other place.

The court permitted the accused to reside together, but held that they should not communicate with any other person other than close relatives and counsel. — PTI

(While granting bail to the 28 accused on January 23, the court had said there was no prospect of immediate disposal of the case. The report of the Special Judge said 10 months were needed to complete the trial.)