The vacation bench of the Bombay high court on Friday rejected the plea of 1993 serial blasts convict Abdul Ghani Turk seeking parole for a day to attend his daughter's wedding.
After the court sought for a police verification report, the state on Friday informed that taking the convict from the jail to the wedding venue would be risky. The wedding venue is in the sensitive Dongri area in south Mumbai, which the police feels might pose a security threat for the escort team.
Turk's application, filed through lawyer Farhana Shah, stated that he may be escorted to the wedding by the jail staff for which the expenses will be borne by him. Turk’s youngest daughter, among his five children, is getting married on June 4.
Turk contended that his application should be allowed since in 2009 he was allowed to attend his mother's funeral at his Dongri residence.
The vacation bench of justices RY Ganoo and Nitin Jamdar felt that the high court was not the appropriate forum to decide on granting parole to the convict as his death penalty appeal is pending in the Supreme Court.
Convicts on death row are not entitled to parole or furlough like other prisoners. However, they can seek the court's permission for release on certain occasions as the jail authorities do not have the power to make a decision on their application.
Turk has been held guilty in the 1993 serial bomb blasts trial and has been sentenced to death. Although the Supreme Court is yet to confirm the death sentence, his punishment has not been suspended and he continues to be on death row.