Gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli, who is sentenced to life imprisonment in a 2008 murder case, is finally out on parole. A crowd comprising more than 50 people, including his brother Suresh, from Dagdi Chawl in Byculla, where Gawli’s family resides, had come to receive him at Nagpur central jail around 2.30pm on Tuesday.
Gawli’s relatives took him to a local hotel at Ramdaspeth from where they boarded a flight for Mumbai in the evening.
“Gawli has been released on 15-day parole today. He will have to return to jail on May 21. During the parole period, Gawli will report to Agripada police station in Mumbai,” said a Nagpur jail official.
Gawli had on April 23 applied to the Nagpur divisional commissioner Anoop Kumar for 30-day parole to attend his son Mahesh’s wedding. However, Kumar had refused to grant his request stating there was a possibility of him committing a cognisable offence if he is released.
Gawli then challenged the divisional commissioner’s decision before the Bombay high court following which the Nagpur bench granted him 15-day parole, which will be counted from May 5 – the day he has been released.
The court observed there was no substantial ground to justify that Gawli would indulge in anti-social activities while on parole. However, the court has directed Gawli to report to Agripada police station every second day for one hour in the morning while on parole.
Though the court granted him parole on April 30, Gawli could not be released immediately because of four consecutive holidays – from May 1 to May 4.
As per the wedding invitation, Gawli’s son Mahesh, 27, would marry Krutika Ahir, 20, a college student from Nagpur on May 9. The wedding reception will be hosted at Mahalaxmi Race Course. The wedding invite mentions Gawli as an MLA and a Maharashtra minister while in reality, he is a former legislator.
(With inputs from agencies)