New Delhi, Aug 7: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday rejected 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Abu Salem‘s plea seeking 45-days parole to get married. Earlier also his parole application has been rejected twice. Reportedly, Salem will tie the knot for the third time, with a woman named Kausar Bahar.
Rejecting the petition, a division bench of Acting Chief Justice V K Tahilramani and Justice M S Sonak observed Salem has been convicted on the serious charge of terrorism and hence cannot be released on parole.
The applicant had said the parole request should be considered on “humanitarian grounds” as he cannot shun his duty towards the woman since he has promised to marry her, and that she also does not intend to marry anyone else.
Salem said he should be allowed to maintain family and social ties. In his plea, he did not mention the date when he intends to marry.
On March 27, Abu Salem made a plea seeking for marriage demanding parole while serving life imprisonment for the Mumbai serial bomb blast case. But his plea was rejected by the police commissioner. On February 16, Salem approached Taloja Prison officials in Mumbai demanding for 45 days bail. Salem was seeking to marry under the special marriage act in Mumbai on May 5.
In 2015, the woman had submitted an application in the special TADA court, which was hearing the blasts case, stating she wanted to marry Salem and he, too, had agreed to tie the knot with her, the official said. This was the same woman who had claimed to have married Salem during a train journey to Uttar Pradesh in 2014.
The gangster, extradited from Portugal in 2005, originally hails from Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh. Salem and four others were convicted in the Mumbai blasts case by the special court in September last year.
On March 12, 1993, Mumbai was rocked by 13 explosions across the city. According to reports, a total of 1,400 people were injured and over 300 lost their lives. It was the first terror attack in the country where RDX was used as explosive. Besides the blasts case, Salem is facing charges in several other criminal matters.