HC grants furlough to Chhota Shakeel aide Rubina Sayed

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Mumbai, Sep 24 (UNI) Bombay High Court today released on furlough Rubina Syed alias Heroine, one of the two women convicted under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) for her links with underworld don Chhota Shakeel.

A division bench of Justices Bilal Nazki and Ashutosh Kumbhakoni, while considering Rubina's plea to grant her furlough on humanitarian grounds, directed her to report at the local police station every day till the completion of furlough.

According to police, Rubina (40), has been in jail since May 2004 after she was arrested from her Nagpada residence for her connection in the hawala scam and arranging funds for legal expenses of members of Shakeel gang.

Police produced more than two dozen intercepted conversations between Rubina, Shakeel and another gangster Faheem Machmach during the trial.

Last year, a special court found Rubina guilty and awarded her and three others five year's imprisonment. She was also asked to pay Rs 15 lakh as fine.

Her appeal against the MCOCA court's conviction is pending before another bench of the high court.

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