April 22, 2019 | 12:09 AM IST

HC refuses Abu Salem’s parole plea for marriage

Bombay High Court on Tuesday rejected parole plea of 1993 serial blast convict Abu Salem. In his petition, Salem said he is lodged in Taloja jail since November 2005 and should be allowed to maintain family and social ties. Salem filed a parole petition to marry Mumbai-based Kausar Bahar; though, he didn’t mention the wedding date.
“Salem has been convicted in two cases under the TADA Act. It means he has been convicted in two cases for terrorist activities,” said a division bench of acting Chief Justice Vijaya Kapse Tahilramani and Justice Mahesh Sonak. Salem and Kausar met each other during a train journey in 2014 when he was being taken to Lucknow for a court hearing. When the HC rejected the parole plea, Kausar filed an application at a local court threatening to kill herself if she was not granted permission to marry Salem.
Salem is a key convict for 1993 serial blast and was sentenced to life time imprisonment by a special TADA Court (Terrorist and Disruptive Activity) in 2017 for his key role in the blasts. At least 257 people were killed and 713 were injured in the serial blast. He is also serving life-term for the murder of city builder Pradeep Jain. In June 2018, Delhi Court also sentenced seven years of rigorous imprisonment to Salem in extortion case for demanding Rs.5 crore as protection money from a Delhi-based businessman Ashok Gupta in 2002.

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