Bombay High Court Orders Gangster Arun Gawli to Surrender, Refuses to Extend His Parole

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The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court ordered Arun Gawli to surrender in the next five days. Arun Gawli is an underworld don and a former MLA. He has to surrender in front of the Nagpur Central Prison. He should do the same after getting a travel permit from the police. Gawli, was on parole for 45 days because of the illness of his wife.

Introduction

The Court extends convicted gangster Arun Gawli’s parole by five days. Court directs him to get a travel permit from the police to surrender in Nagpur Central prison. A division bench of Justices S B Shukre and A S Kilor gave the directions. They directed Gawli to seek permission from the concerned police authorities. Parole on March 13 was given to him to attend to his ill wife, Asha. His parole was then extended for seven days. It extended due to COVID-19 induced nationwide lockdown.

Earlier, his parole extended till May 10 and then it further extended till May 24. Gawli then approached the HC seeking a further extension. The Court refused to grant him more time. The Court then directed him to surrender at Taloja Prison in Navi Mumbai. He appealed the Court to extend his parole further. The extension requested citing the ground that he follows the norms in the parole period. The Nagpur Bench refused to extend his parole. It ordered Gawli to surrender. The Court said that it will not accept any application on the extension of the parole.

Facts and Arguments

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Arun Gawli lives in Dagdi Chawl in the Byculla area of ​​central Mumbai. He is elected from Chinchpokli Assembly constituency. He participated on Akhil Bharatiya Sena ticket in 2004. His advocate Mir Nagman Ali informs the Court that as per an order passed his work prevails. Gawli appeared before the authorities at Taloja Prison in Navi Mumbai to surrender. However, the prison authorities refuse to admit him given the COVID-19 pandemic. After hearing Gawli’s application seeking more time to surrender, the Court said- “We are of the opinion that one last opportunity should be granted to the applicant (Gawli).”

The bench directed Gawli to file an online application seeking permission to travel from Mumbai to Nagpur within a day. The application is to be filled with concerned police authority.

Court’s Order

Now, the Court has asked him to surrender in the Nagpur Central Jail in the next five days. He needs to get permission from Mumbai Police to travel Nagpur within 24 hours, as he has to surrender in the next three days unanimously. Otherwise, actions will take effect.


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