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Maharashtra ministers giving priority to Sanjay Dutt's parole pleas, not to Zaibunnisa: Lawyer

New Delhi: Zaibunnisa Qazi's family has been asking, why can't she get parole when co-accused in '93 blasts case, Sanjay Dutt is getting furlough and parole. The 75-year-old accused moved the Bombay High Court in
India TV News Desk January 14, 2014 13:13 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Zaibunnisa Qazi's family has been asking, why can't she get parole when co-accused in '93 blasts case, Sanjay Dutt is getting furlough and parole.

The 75-year-old accused moved the Bombay High Court in connection with her parole plea, which has been pending in Mantralaya for the past two months.  

Zaibunnisa's advocate N N Gawankar said, “The ministers have time for Sanjay Dutt's parole inquiry, but no time for Zaibunnisa, who is old, diabetic and suffering from so many other health problems.”

Her application had earlier been rejected by the police, after which she had appealed to the home ministry.  

Zaibunnisa's daughter Shagufta claimed that the cops completely neglected the case of her mother, who has been seeking parole for the last two months on medical grounds.

Meanwhile, actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in the same case for illegal arms possession, has been released from Yerawada prison on parole, on the grounds of his wife's ill health.  

Zaibunnisa has been sentenced to five years of rigorous imprisonment under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act, or TADA, while Dutt has been serving a sentence under the Arms Act.  

After a Supreme Court order last year, she surrendered on May 16.  

In August, she applied for parole, which was rejected by the police in September. She then made an appeal at the ministerial level.