Mukadam, who had filed the writ through counsel Jasprit Singh Chilotra, Harjit Singh Chilotra and Omer J Hashim, had approached the high court in the past too after his tele calling facility was discontinued.
The convict, whose capital punishment was commuted by Supreme Court to life imprisonment till natural death in 2013, was allowed tele calling facility in 2014. He was shifted to Nagpur central jail in 2015.
In 2015, he was out on parole to meet family members and a year later on furlough.
In the writ, his counsels claimed that Mukadam, who returned to jail on time from leaves, was also “made the night watchman due to his good behaviour”.
The counsels also highlighted that there has been no complaint against Mukaddam despite spending three decades behind the bars.
Following a notification in 2018, the paroles and furloughs for convicts in sensitive cases like bomb blast were cancelled. In February 2019, the jail authorities withdrew permission for tele calling facility earlier made available to such convicts.
In protest, Mukaddam had written a letter to the high court which had converted it to a writ and restored the tele-calling facility with family as per the norms for five minutes twice a month through a verified telephone number.
In March 2022, Mukaddam’s tele-calling facility was withdrawn once again following which he filed the latest writ against the government, addl DG Prisons and SP Prisons.