Mumbai: The Bombay High Court has directed the Regional Passport Office to reconsider within six weeks the passport renewal application of wife and daughter of an absconding accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts case.
Razia Salim Gazi, wife of fugitive Salim Gani Gazi, and their daughter Sana Salim Gazi recently approached the High Court after both were issued new passports with a restriction that it was valid only for travel between India and UAE.
"The restrictions were placed curtailing their freedom of movement only because Razia was married to Salim Gani Gazi, who is still an absconding accused in the blasts case," the petition stated.
Razia got married to Gazi in 1983 and had two daughters out of the wedlock. However, Gazi, who was named as an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case, abandoned his family and never contacted them.
"Razia and her daughters moved to Dubai with the help of her brother where she started computer business. Sana, who is now 25 years old, is desirous of pursuing higher studies in London," the petition claimed.
According to the petition, a Shariah court of UAE granted divorce to Razia in May 2009 on ground of prolonged absence of her husband.
"Since now neither Razia nor Sana have anything to do with Gazi, the passport office should issue them fresh passports without any restrictions," the petition said.
In 2007, a special TADA court had convicted 100 accused including actor Sanjay Dutt in connection with the Mumbai serial bomb blasts that killed 257 people and acquitted 23 accused.