Mumbai serial blasts convict Abu Salem seeks court permission to get married
Salem and five others were convicted in June this year for their role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts that had killed 257 people. Photograph: (DNA)
Mumbai serial blasts convict Abu Salem on Monday moved a Mumbai court to seek a parole to get married.
The gangster has submitted citations of two high courts claiming convicts were given such relief for marriage.
He had given his consent for marrying a 26-year-old woman who had sought permission for it from the special TADA court in June 2015.
"We have given the court two citations--one from the Bombay High Court and another from the Delhi High Court -- stating that a person can be granted bail or parole for marriage," said Salem's lawyer Farhana Shah, PTI reported.
Salem has also requested the court to grant him the permission to attend the office of the Registrar of Marriage.
"In view of the two citations, his (Salem's) application seeking the permission to attend the (office of) the Registrar of Marriage for solemnisation of marriage be kindly considered," Shah told the court.
The trial court just has asked the CBI to file its response to the petition.
"I humbly request to kindly consider (her application) and grant us permission to register and perform marriage under Special Marriage Act before the registrar," Salem has said in his petition, PTI reported.
Salem and five others were convicted in June this year for their role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts that had killed 257 people.
The Central Bureau of Investigation had earlier this month sought life imprisonment for Salem.
In 2015, a local tabloid published a report saying Salem had married the woman ‘over phone’ while on a train journey to Lucknow for a court hearing under police escort.
The TADA court had asked the Thane Police to initiate an inquiry after the report,
In her application to the court, the woman said that following the report the police asked many people about the alleged marriage and showed her photograph during the inquiry which she said tainted her character.
She said she wanted to enter into a wedlock with Salem since she was unable to marry anybody else now.
Salem had replied saying that he wanted to marry her so she could "meet and answer all the relatives, friends and well-wishers with her head up in the society".
He said he intended to "compensate" the woman by accepting her proposal.