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Abu Salem, serving life sentence for Mumbai blasts, denied parole to get married

Abu Salem, in his parole application, said he has been in jail for 12 years, 3 months and 14 days, and has never been out on any leave.

mumbai Updated: Apr 21, 2018 22:04 IST
Faisal Tandel
Faisal Tandel
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Abu Salem,Mumbai blasts convict,Mumbai
Abu Salem was first married to Mumbai-based Sumaira Jumani and later linked to actor Monica Bedi, who was extradited with him from Portugal.(File Photo)

Gangster Abu Salem, who is currently serving a life sentence for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, was denied parole to get married, a senior police official said.

On February 16, Salem wrote to the Taloja jail authorities, seeking parole for 45 days to get married to Sayed Bahar Kausar alias Heena in Mumbai under the Special Marriages Act.

Salem, in his application, said he has been in jail for 12 years, 3 months and 14 days, and has never been out on any leave. The letter was sent to the divisional commissioner of Konkan division on March 27 with his background. After verifying the details, they sent the letter and their report on it to Thane police commissionerate on April 5, 11 and 16, from where it reached the Mumbra police station for further scrutiny.

The police recorded statements of Heena’s family.

Salem’s application was forwarded to the Konkan Divisional Commissioner, the competent authority to process such pleas, the police official said.

The Divisional Commissioner rejected the extradited gangster’s application three days ago after receiving a negative report from the Thane Police Commissionerate.

In his application, Salem had stated he would stay at Heena’s home in Mumbra during the parole period. The two guarantors for Salem were Mohammed Salim Abdul Razak Memon and Mohammed Rafique Sayyed, who say they are his cousins. Heena, her mother and Rafique Sayyed recorded their statements at Mumbra police station on Thursday and Friday.

Heena was in the news for allegedly travelling with the gangster from Mumbai to Lucknow in 2014. An inquiry found that her mobile location matched with that of Salem but Heena said her SIM card was being used her by grandfather.

Salem was first married to Mumbai-based Sumaira Jumani and later linked to actor Monica Bedi, who was extradited with him from Portugal.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Apr 21, 2018 07:45 IST