Acid attack accused seeks permission to appear for exam

The family of Pawankumar Gahalon (24),arrested accused in the Bandra terminus acid attack case,had filed an application in court last month seeking permission for him to travel to Haryana for an upcoming B.Tech examination.

Written by Srinath Rao | Mumbai | Published:July 2, 2013 2:26 am

The family of Pawankumar Gahalon (24),arrested accused in the Bandra terminus acid attack case,had filed an application in court last month seeking permission for him to travel to Haryana for an upcoming B.Tech examination.

Gahalon is likely to be accompanied by police officers if he is granted permission. “The court could also order him to appear for the exam online,” said D D Wadmare,senior inspector,government railway police (GRP) crime branch. His bail application has been rejected twice,police said.

Gahalon,a former neighbour of the Rathis,was arrested on May 8,six days after an unidentified masked assailant hurled acid at Delhi nurse Preeti Rathi (25). She suffered severe burn injuries and died at Bombay Hospital on June 1.

“He has to clear one paper for his third semester. The date of the exam is yet to be announced,but will be conducted after July 25. We applied for permission on June10,” said Gahalon’s father Azadsingh Gahalon.

He said his son has been unable to prepare for the exam behind bars. “My brother visited the jail last week and gave Pawankumar a few textbooks,” he said.

Over the past month,the Gahalon family met Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikhsit,Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to press for a CBI probe. Although a team of GRP officers reached Delhi last week,no progress was made in the investigation,officers said.

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