No 45-day parole for marriage: Bombay HC rejects gangster Abu Salem’s plea

No 45-day parole for marriage: Bombay HC rejects gangster Abu Salem's plea
Bombay High Court rejected Abu Salem’s plea seeking 45-day parole to get married

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday rejected 1993 serial blasts convict Abu Salem’s plea seeking 45-day parole to get married to Mumbra-resident Kausar Bahar.

On April 21, Navi Mumbai Commissioner rejected Salem’s parole application, in which he applied for his marriage, on the grounds of security. Salem’s lawyer subsequently filed a petition challenging the order in court.

The petition came up for hearing before a division bench of acting chief justice Vijaya Kapse Tahilramani and Justice Mahesh Sonak today.

Salem’s lawyer, advocate Farhana Shah, reportedly alleged that the Konkan divisional commissioner and the appellate authorities rejected his plea for parole without giving it any thought.

The gangster had earlier claimed that he had married Kausar over the phone during a train journey in 2014 while he was being taken to Lucknow for a court hearing.

Later, Kausar filed an application before a local court threatening to kill herself if she was not granted permission to marry Salem.

In her application, she contended that following the news report that Salem had secretly married her, police asked many people about the alleged marriage and showed the photograph which sullied her character.

Since the news of her marriage to the convict had ruined any possibility of finding a suitable match in future, she wanted to enter into a wedlock with Salem.

Salem, who is lodged in Taloja jail, is serving a life sentence in jail after being convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts that had killed 257 and injured 713 people. He has also been sentenced to seven years rigorous imprisonment in 2002 extortion case by Delhi Court.

His bail application has been rejected twice in the past.

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