Pointing to the lenient approach taken by the State government regarding actor Sanjay Dutt, the Bombay High Court has ordered grant of parole to a fellow convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

Hearing the petition filed by Mohd Yakub Abdul Majid Nagul, lodged in Nagpur in Central jail, division bench of Justices Bhushan Gavai and Atul Chandurkar of the Nagpur bench of High Court said on Thursday that it was distressing to see that a man lost his daughter, but was still denied parole.

“Don’t you have a humane approach, or it is only the film stars that you act humanly towards?” the Bench asked, apparently referring to Mr.Dutt, convicted in the same case for illegal possession of arms. Mr.Dutt has been repeatedly given parole extensions. Mr.Nagul, a Mumbai resident, is serving life sentence.

His lawyer, Mir Nagman Ali, argued that Mr.Nagul’s wife wrote to the Nagpur divisional commissioner and the jail authorities seeking his release on parole on February 14, as their daughter had died three days earlier. But even after 10 days, there was no decision. The court directed the jail authorities to grant him parole forthwith, following which he was released last evening, his lawyer said.

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