NEW DELHI — The Supreme Court of India on Friday granted 21 days parole to a convict Fazlur Rahman Sufi of Mumbai who has been behind bars for the last 25 years, according to Jamia-i-Ulema Hind (Arshad Madani group), Mumbai who has been spearheading the work to provide legal assistance to those who are languishing in jail for long periods.
A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Abdaal Nazeer has granted the parole of 21 days to 61-year-old Sufi for visiting his sick wife who has been suffering from cancer. The bench was hearing a plea moved by Sufi for the parole citing the illness of his wife.
Appearing for Sufi in the court, advocate Irshad Hanif argued in the court that there is no such provision which denies parole to the person who has been convicted under TADA Law. Rather, the Constitution allows granting parole to everyone, however heinous his crime is. Yet, the authorities are not granting parole to the prisoners of Jaipur Central Jail who has been awarded life imprisonment.
The government strongly opposed to granting parole to Sufi. Additional Solicitor General filed a petition arguing against granting parole to him in the apex court. But the court granted parole to him.
Jamiat-i-Ulema Hind (Arshad Madani Group) which was providing legal assistance to Sufi informed about the parole given to him. According to Gulzar Azmi, In-charge of Jamiat’s legal assistance committee, some of life term awarded convicts Dr. Jalees Ansari, Dr. Habeeb Ahmed Khan Jamal Alvi, Mohammed Ashfaque Khan, Fazlur Rahman Sufi, Mohammed Shamshuddin, Mohammed Azimuddin, Mohammed Amin, Mohammed Aijaz Akbar and Rahmat Ansari appealed to the president of Jamiat to make efforts for granting them parole.
According to the law, a prisoner can be granted parole for 30 to 90 days if he is ill or someone from his family is ill or there is marriage or death in his family. But in recent days, the Central and state governments issued GR in order to not to grant parole to those who have been convicted under TADA, POTA, MACOCA, and other penal code.