The Supreme Court has granted parole to Terror Convict Fazlur Rehman Sufi for 21 days.
The bench comprising Justice AK Sikri and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer were considering his appeal against the Rajasthan High Court order that had dismissed his plea.
The High Court was of the view that the conviction being under TADA Act, he should have applied for parole to the Central Government under the 1955 Rules, and not under the Rajasthan Prisoners (Release on Parole) Rules, 1958. The court had held that his prayer to grant him parole under Rule 9 of the Rules of 1958 could not be accepted.
"No doubt the appellant is convicted for the offence under the provisions of Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, 1987 ("TADA Act"). However, it is also a fact that the appellant has undergone more than 24 ½ years of imprisonment.", said the bench in a brief order.
Disposing the appeal, the bench said: "We are of the opinion that the appellant shall be released on parole for a period of 21 days from the date of release on the condition that he shall report to the Station House Officer of the concerned Police Station on every third day."
Fazlur was convicted under the TADA Act, 1987; Explosives Act 1884; Arms Act, 1908; Indian Railways Act; and Prevention of Damages to Public Property Act for his involvement in the serial train blasts in 1993. His conviction and sentence of life imprisonment was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2016.
In December, 2017, the Rajasthan High Court had granted him one week long parole convict for attending son's wedding.