Sunday, January 6, 2019

Five photos as proof must in parole for wedding, engagements: Gujarat high court

Prisoners may go and enjoy wedding and engagement revelries after coming out on parole, but they will have to show proof to Gujarat high court that the rituals, festivities had really taken place.

Gujarat high court  ordered three prisoners to supply proof of the festivities and rituals of marriages and engagements for which they sought parole. The HC has ordered jail authorities to release them on parole on condition that they would submit at least five photographs showing the prisoners’ presence in rituals and dinner parties involving relatives to the HC registry before they surrender themselves to jail on completion of parole period.

Justice V B Mayani took undertaking from three convicts, who wanted to get out on parole to attend social functions, to supply five photographs and ordered them to submit the pictures to the registry. Shafi Mohammed Shaikh is serving his three-year jail term. He is behind bars for 1.5 years. He wanted to attend his son’s engagement ceremony which is scheduled between January 7 and 9. The district magistrate rejected his request for parole, and hence he filed a petition. The HC granted him three-day parole and took an undertaking from him to supply the photographs.

Panchmahal’s Suleman Pir alias Tiger is serving his sentence, and wanted to attend the engagement of his son and two marriages in his family on January 13. He got 10-day parole on the same condition that he would produce photographs of engagement and the two marriage ceremonies.

During the hearing of these petitions, the invitation cards were produced before the HC as proof of scheduled functions. The judge even commented that all the invitation cards appeared to have been printed at one place only since none of them contained names and addresses of the printers.

The third such case was of Rajkot’s Firoz Sama, a convict who wanted to get out of jail for a month for his own marriage scheduled on January 9. Justice Mayani granted him parole for seven days, but he will have to produce photographs of different functions showing “applicant-convict as a groom, photographs of him performing different marriage rituals as well as of the occasion of ‘Dawat’, in which the family members and other relatives are taking meals together”.

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