A murder convict, who is serving life sentence in Pune Central prison and sought release on parole to attend his son's wedding slated to be held tomorrow, has failed to get relief from the Bombay High Court.
A division bench of Justices Ranjit More and V L Achilya, rejecting the plea of Sadashiv Tare, said releasing the prisoner on parole would send a "wrong" message to those attending the marriage ceremony if he (convict) arrived with police escort.
"There are other family members who will participate in the ceremony...your presence is not required", said the Judges yesterday while dismissing Tare's petition.
Tare contended that being a father, his attendance at the wedding ceremony was very much necessary. Hence, he may be allowed to attend the ceremony with police escort.
Public Prosecutor Usha Kejriwal opposed Tare's plea on the ground that earlier too he had sought parole citing his son's medical treatment.
However, on investigation, police submitted an adverse report and his application was rejected, she said.
Earlier, when the convict had been released on parole, he had absconded for five years and was arrested and brought back to jail, the prosecutor submitted.
On perusing police report, the bench noted "going by your past record, what is the guarantee that you (petitioner) would return after release on parole?"
A trial court had in 2006 sentenced Tare to life imprisonment. In 2009, the Bombay High Court dismissed his appeal challenging the order of conviction.