The underworld don gets a 28-day furlough and expected to return to Mumbai by Wednesday
Mumbai : The decks have been cleared for underworld don Arun Gawli to return home, though for a limited time period since he will be out on a ‘furlough’. Gawli, who has got the green signal from the High Court earlier this month, is all set to return back to his Dagdi Chawl residence in the next week.
The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court on March 2 had accepted the application filed by Gawli who was seeking a 30-days furlough and also granted furlough to the gangster but had left it on the jail authorities to decide on the period of the furlough.
Gawli is serving life imprisonment for the murder of Shiv Sena corporator Kamlakar Jamsandekar. He was out on a 30 days leave in May 2015 for his son’s marriage and had again applied for leave in October last year. But the jail authorities had rejected his leave application after the then Mumbai Police Commissioner’s objection. Later, in January this year he had moved to High Court seeking furlough.
Furloughs were almost unknown before the arrest of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt. Dutt, during his five years jail term, was out every now and then on ‘furlough’ or ‘parole’.
Yogesh Desai, DIG (Prisons), said, “Since the court has granted him furlough but left it on us to decide the time period, we have set the period of his furlough as per the new guidelines issued by the government for the same.” As per the new guidelines, an inmate can be sent out either for 21 days or for 28 days; however the officer was unwilling to discuss the time period set for Gawli.
Gawli has been asked to pay around Rs 5,000 as a surety for his furlough.
Geeta Gawli, the don’s daughter, confirmed that her father would be out on furlough. “He would be out for 28 days and is expected to come back home by Tuesday or Wednesday next week,” informed Geeta Gawli who is a corporator from Byculla (E – Ward).
While pointing out on why it has taken more than 15 days for the jail authorities to decide on her father’s furlough, Geeta said, “Firstly the Jailer had been on leave for some four to five days and over this the process took too much of time. Also there was some delay from our side since Nagpur is not so close to Mumbai.”
When asked about the delay, Desai cleared that the process takes time as all the documentation is to be completed; he also informed that it also depends on the convict’s on how early do they submit the necessary documents and pay the required amount as ‘surety’.