The Bombay high court on Friday granted interim relief to Pakistani singer Adnan Sami and allowed him to visit Australia in July for a concert. The court, however, rapped him for failing to comply with earlier HC orders of furnishing sureties.
Justice MS Sonak allowed the application filed by Sami through advocate Amit Ghag with the condition that he furnish the sureties by July 31.
"The applicant seems to be taking the court orders lightly. He had not complied with the order since January," remarked justice Sonak.
Sami had sought permission to retain his passport to visit Perth and Brisbane in Australia for a concert between July 5 and 17. He was recently allowed to visit Pakistan to visit his ailing mother.
Sami had to approach HC seeking return of his passport and permission to go abroad. His passport was seized by the police as his sureties had withdrawn bond and undertaking that he would be available in India to face trial.
Edith De, advocate for Sami's ex-wife Sabah Galadari, opposed the application saying the singer has failed to complete the formalities of submitting sureties before the trial court.
While seeking permission to visit Pakistan, Sami had contended that their sureties have furnished bonds worth Rs1.5 crore before the trial court, which is pending verification. The verification is taking some time and, hence, they filed an application before the HC.