NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court of India has ordered release of an 80-year-old blast convict on parole from a Rajasthan jail for 21 days. Mohammad Amin, who has been in jail for about 25 years, had approached the apex court after his request for parole to see his ailing wife was rejected by the Rajasthan government.
Amin was arrested in 1994 for serial blasts in trains in Mumbai on 5-6 December 1993. He was awarded life imprisonment under the provisions of Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA).
“After hearing learned counsel for the parties and having regard to the judgment of this Court in Asfaq vs. State of Rajasthan & Ors., (2017) 15 SCC 55, we direct that the petitioner shall be released on Parole for a period of twenty one days on the condition that he shall report to the Station House Officer of the concerned Police Station on every third day,” ordered a Supreme Court bench of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan on Monday (6th August).
The same bench had granted a parole for 21 days to Amin’s co-accused Ashfaq Khan in May 2017. Khan was also arrested in the same case in 1994 and convicted in 2004. He was granted parole after 23 years in jail. He had sought parole to see his ailing mother.
Delhi Minorities Commission’s Passionate Appeal For Release of 87-year-old Dr. Habib
It seems there are some more elderly people serving life sentence in the same case in Rajasthan.
Last month, the Delhi Minorities Commission had made a written appeal to President of India, Prime Minister, Governor and Chief Minister of Rajasthan and Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court, seeking release of 87-year-old Dr. Habib Ahmad Khan on humanitarian ground.
Dr. Habib Khan of Kaharon Ka Adda locality in Rae Barielly of Uttar Pradesh remains incarcerated in the Jaipur jail in Rajasthan for the last 25 years on charges of terrorism.
“His age is 87 now. His 77-year-old wife Qaisar Jahan is spending her last days hoping to see her husband before she dies. Dr Habib is accused of giving funds to a terrorist, a charge he denied in court saying that his confession was obtained by torture,” said Delhi Minorities Commission.
In his written appeal, panel’s Chairman Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan requested that “this elderly person may be released on humanitarian grounds so that he may spend his last days with his family.”
Minorities Commission Chairman said in his letter that he is ready to personally stand surety for the bail of the said elderly prisoner.
“Your humanitarian gesture will go a long way to wipe the tears of a family which lost its guardian and bread-winner at a time they needed him most. Now, as he is about to breathe his last, let him die peacefully in the company of his ailing wife, children and grandchildren. I am sure 25 years in jail is enough to satisfy the spirit of justice as he was found guilty only of a secondary crime even though he recanted his confession later, saying in court that it was obtained by torture,” Dr Khan wrote.
He further said: “I am hopeful that your large heart will respond to this humanitarian appeal. Your positive gesture will be welcomed by millions of people in this country and will stand proof that humanity and magnanimity still stand supreme in our country.”
In the last two decades, dozens of terror blasts took place in different parts of the country. Soon after the blasts, hundreds of people, mostly from the Muslim community, were rounded up and sent to jail. However, a good number of them were acquitted by the court after years in jail.