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Abu Salem seeks parole to get married, HC shoots down the plea

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

A petition by 46-year-old gangster and terror convict for to get married was rejected by the today.

Salem, who is serving life imprisonment in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, had petitioned the high court that he should be allowed to maintain family and social ties.

He wanted a month-long to marry Kausar Bahar, a resident of Mumbra area of district, adjoining Mumbai.

The gangster, who is lodged at the in Navi Mumbai, approached the high court after the prison authorities rejected his plea for

In his application moved before the court, said the parole request may be considered on "humanitarian grounds" as he "cannot shun his duty" towards the woman since he has promised to marry her.

He said Kausar also does not intend to marry anyone else.

However, he did not mention the date when he intends to get married.

is already married once.

A division bench, comprising V K Tahilramani and Justice M S Sonak, rejected the petition, observing that Salem has been convicted on serious charges of terrorism and hence, cannot be released on parole.

"We cannot ignore the fact that he has been convicted in a Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) case on terrorism charges. Hence, the petition is dismissed," the court ruled.

Salem, who had been absconding after the 1993 serial blasts in which nearly 300 people were killed, was arrested in in 2002 in a fake passport case.

He was extradited to in November 2005 and since then he is lodged in the jail.

Last year, a special court convicted Salem in the case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, TADA and the Arms Act.

The court had sentenced him to life imprisonment in the case.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 17:35 IST