03/06/2015 4:34 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Bombay High Court Grants Temporary Bail To A Life Convict To Enable Him To Perform His Daughter's 'Kanyadaan'

An Indian Muslim bride, her hands decorated with henna, attends a mass wedding organized by a social service organization in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. Mass weddings in India are organized by social service organizations primarily to help families who cannot afford the high ceremony costs as well as the elaborate dowry that is customary in many communities. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

MUMBAI — The Bombay High Court has granted temporary bail for four days to a convict serving life term to enable him to perform kanyadaan ritual at his daughter's marriage in Nashik this week.

Justices SV Bhadang and AS Gadkari ruled in their recent order that Ashok Khalse, undergoing life imprisonment in Nashik Central prison, may be sent home with police escort after furnishing a surety bond of Rs 15,000 with one or two sureties of the like amount.

In his petition sent from jail by post, Khalse had requested furlough leave to attend his daughter's marriage at Malegaon camp in Nashik.

Rohini Dandekar, amicus curiae, appointed from the legal aid panel, urged for temporary bail on behalf of the prisoner.

Arfan Sait, additional public prosecutor, produced a report of Panchavati police station in Nashik for perusal of the court. The report confirmed that the marriage of Khalse's daughter was to be held in Nashik this week.

The prosecutor submitted that in view of the provisions of Maharashtra Furlough and Parole Leave Rules, the petitioner is not entitled for furlough leave before the expiry of six months of sentence.

He also pointed out that the High Court had already rejected Khalse's appeal against conviction and confirmed life sentence awarded to him by the lower court.

"However, taking into consideration the fact that the marriage of the daughter of the petitioner is scheduled and the petitioner's presence is required for performing the religious ceremony of kanyadaan, we are inclined to release the petitioner on temporary bail for a period of four days," the judges said.

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