HC denies parole to Kandahar hijacker
Abdul Latif Adam Momin alias Abdul Rehman, sentenced to life in the IC-814 Indian Airlines highjacking case, on Thursday was denied parole by a bench of Punjab and Haryana high court.
The high court ruled that the right of parole is not an absolute right. "It is a subject matter of restrictive mechanism based on discretionary powers vested in administrative authorities and instructions issued by the state. Parole is a conditional release based on satisfaction of executive authorities, which is further subject matter of recommendations by different authorities in hierarchy," it observed.
Momin had come to the high court seeking directions to authorities to grant him one-month parole as he wanted to meet his mother.
Momin, who is lodged in Central Jail, Patiala has submitted that he was behind the bars since 2000 and had not seen his ailing 90-year-old mother in the past 15 years.
The Indian Airlines flight IC-814 from Kathmandu with 180 passengers on board was hijacked on December 24, 1999, while flying over Lucknow towards Delhi and was later taken to Kandahar in Afghanistan.
A special court in Patiala had on February 5, 2008, sentenced Momin him to life imprisonment along with two others - Yusuf Nepali and Dalip Bhujail. All three were accused of helping the hijackers by providing passports, accommodation, arms and ammunition to them.