Observing that the proceedings in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case are pending in the Supreme Court,a vacation bench of the Bombay High Court on Friday refused to grant Abdul Ghani Turk,a convict sentenced to death in the case,a days release from prison to attend his daughters wedding.
Turks application stated that he may be escorted to the wedding by the jail staff and he would bear the expenses for the same. Turks daughter,the youngest among five,is slated to get married on June 4,he had contended. Additional public prosecutor Purnima Kantharia,however,told the court that the wedding venue was in Dongri,a sensitive area. She added that in the event of any law and order problem,the police would not be able to control it.
Convicts on death row are not entitled to parole or furlough like other prisoners. However,they can seek court permission to seek release from prison on certain days. Though,the Supreme Court is yet to confirm Turks death sentence passed by the special TADA court in 2006.
In the last hearing,the court had asked police to file a verification report pertaining to Turks request. Stating security threats involved in transporting Turk from the prison in Yerawada to the wedding venue in Dongri,Kantharia urged the court to turn down his plea.
Turk,a former recruit of prime absconding accused Tiger Memon,was handed out the capital punishment for parking a jeep filled with RDX at Century Bazaar in Worli on March 12,1993. The blast claimed 113 lives and injured 227. The property damage caused by the blast is estimated to be around Rs 2.41 crore.