A 56-year-old convict serving a 5-year-long prison sentence for illegal possession and destruction of an AK-56 rifle during the 1993 Mumbai blasts has been granted parole for 30 days from Pune's Yerawada Jail, so that he can be with his daughter during a minor nose surgery she will be undergoing soon.

Source - PTI

S. Balraj Dutt was convicted under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act (TADA) after it was proven that he accepted a weapon delivered to him by gangster Abu Salem and co-accused Riyaz Siddiqui. The weapon was part of a larger consignment that was crucial to the activities of those responsible for the blasts that killed over 250 people and injured more than 700.

Source - PTI

The convict's legal team had put in a request for the parole to the State Home Department in the last week of July. The 30-day parole can even be extended for an additional 60 days.

Once home, the out-on-parole convict was visited by former acquaintances and colleagues.

From L-to-R: Manyata (wife), S. Balraj Dutt (out on parole) and Vidhu Vinod Chopra - (Source - NDTV )

Seen here with Sanjay Gupta (Source - NDTV )