Chennai, Mar 20 (PTI) The Madras High Court today granted parole for three days to an undertrial prisoner, arrested in connection with the killing of BJP and Hindu Munnani leaders, to attend the funeral of his father.

A bench comprising Justice C T Selvam and Justice N Sathish Kumar granted the parole to Banna Ismail and directed the Superintendent of the Puzhal Central Prison, where the accused is lodged, to provide a strong escort.

It was passing the order on a petition by Ismail’s friend Khader Mydeen stating that former’s father Mohamed Abdullah died yesterday in Palayamkottai.

The petitioner submitted that Ismail’s presence was absolutely necessary for performing the last rites of his father.

Ismail has been arrested in connection with the killings of BJP functionary “Auditor” Ramesh in Salem and Hindu Munnani leader Vellaiyappan in Vellore in 2013.

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