Mumbai serial blast convict will get lawyer’s degree from jail, will have to give exam!

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On 11 July 2006, Mumbai was rocked by a series of bomb blasts. Seven bomb blasts took place in Mumbai’s Jeevan Vahini in just 11 minutes. 200 people were killed in that bomb blast. Also, about 700 people were injured. Mohammad Sajid Margoob Ansari, the convict serving sentence in this bomb blast case, is pursuing a law course. The Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court allowed him to present documents from jail.

Mohammad Sajid Margoob Ansari, a convict serving sentence in the serial blasts case that took place on 11 July in Mumbai, had filed an application in the High Court to give the law course paper. After this, the court has now given him permission to give the remaining paper of the law course on 12 June. On Monday, the Bombay High Court gave him permission to take this paper from Nashik jail itself.

The exam was conducted in the month of May

Mohammad Sajid Ansari was convicted by a special court and sentenced to life imprisonment. He has served more than 17 years of imprisonment so far. Expressing his desire to study law, he applied to complete his studies in 2015. The court allowed it. Then last year he gave the first semester examination from Siddharth College. The High Court also allowed him to appear for the second semester examination from May 3 to May 15 this year. So the jail administration took him to the examination center at Siddharth College in Mumbai. But at that time he had only one paper left. It costs Rs 81,000 to transport a criminal to his examination center.

Considerations on online exams

Except for one paper, the rest of the exam was conducted after Mumbai blast accused Ansari applied. The court had asked Mumbai University if the remaining papers could be taken online. But that option was not available. Mumbai University then discussed with the jail administration and state ATS officials. Accordingly, on June 12, we sent an observer to the jail itself and indicated that Mumbai University was ready to conduct Ansari’s exam.

Question paper on email 15 minutes in advance

The question paper will be sent to the jail administration’s email 15 minutes in advance. Mumbai University told the court that after that Ansari will be able to solve the question paper on June 12 from 10.30 am to 12 noon.

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