Punjab and Haryana HC rejects gangster’s parole plea to spend time with wife | Chandigarh News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court has turned down the plea of gangster Mandeep Singh, alias Dhroo, who is serving life term for murder, for release on four-week parole to spend time with his wife Pawandeep Kaur, whom he had married in October 2019 inside jail premises.
Mandeep, who is facing multiple FIRs and is related to gangsters Jaswinder Singh @ Kaka and Vickey Gonder, had sought parole on the grounds that he has not been able to stay with his wife for even a day.
Their wedding was solemnized in the gurdwara within the complex of the maximumsecurity jail Nabha on October 30, 2019, on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court.
‘Gangster can’t avail parole concession’
He was facing 12 FIRs and in one murder case, he was convicted for life and has undergone nine years of the actual sentence. He has been acquitted in six FIRs and his appeal against conviction in the murder case is pending before HC. Strongly objecting to his plea for parole, the Punjab government submitted if the petitioner is released on parole, there are chances of his absconding as his co-accused and a member of the same gang, Jaswinder Singh, alias Kaka, is already absconding.
The government argued he is a dangerous convict and there are chances of breach of security as well as law and order of the public and neither the security agency nor the SSP has recommended the case of the petitioner. Since he is related to gangsters Jaswinder Singh, alias Kaka and Vickey Gonder, he is not entitled to concession of parole, and his claim has rightly been rejected by district magistrate, it added.
After hearing all parties, a division bench comprising Justice Augustine George Masih and Justice Meenakshi Mehta observed that petitioner is not entitled to parole for the reason that there are a large numbers of criminal cases registered against him and pending trial, apart from the one where he has been convicted for life.
“As per state’s reply, the petitioner is the head of a gang of criminals, called the ‘Dharu Gang’ and related to the absconded co-accused namely Jaswinder Singh @ Kaka, who, when released on parole, absconded. He is also related to another gangster, namely Vicky Gonder as per the report of SSP, Moga. The apprehension of respondents that the petitioner is likely to abscond, if released on parole, cannot be said to be without any basis,” the bench held.

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