Three-and-a-half years after he left his Thane home to kill his brother, senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Pramod Mahajan, Pravin Mahajan returned but only for 14 days.
Mahajan, serving life sentence for the murder committed in 2006, was granted furlough [leave of absence from prison granted based on a prisoner’s conduct] on Friday. He stepped out of Nashik Central jail where he serving his sentence and returned home with his wife, Sarangi (43), and twins Kapil (20) and Vrushali (20).
“The Thane police had written a letter to the DIG [deputy inspector general] (Prisons) requesting him not to release me saying I would run away with my family,” said the 50-year-old. “But the DIG granted furlough. I’ll file an application for an extension.”
Mahajan wants an extension to be with his wife when she undergoes surgery.
Dressed in a crisp cotton kurta and white chudidaar, Mahajan said he planned to spend some quiet time with his family. “I will step out only to go to the police station to report daily,” said Mahajan. “I won’t do anything that will make the prison officials regret their decision of granting me furlough.”
His wife was all smiles. “I was leading a double life with Pravin’s case on one hand and bringing up my children on the other,” said Sarangi, a homemaker. “But now I am happy. We will have our meals together and spend as much time with him as possible.”
Mahajan’s autobiography, My Album, which he wrote in jail, created controversy as it made allegations about his brother’s personal and political life.
“You can call it whatever you like. But I told the truth and I stand by it,” said Mahajan. “I wrote about my life and Pramod was a part of my life. So, obviously there will be references about him in my book.”
Mahajan said people having a problem with what he has written could go to court. He said he is working on another book on life behind bars and will begin once he gets permission from authorities. “It’s an altogether different society inside jail,” he said. “Just a movie on it is not enough.”