Pakistani singer Adnan Sami, who is embroiled in a legal dispute with his ex-wife, has been allowed by the Bombay High Court to visit Pakistan to see his ailing mother.
Hearing an application by Sami to be handed back his passport so he can go to Pakistan, judge Revati Mohite-Dere said he should also be allowed to go to London, if required, for his mother's treatment.
Sami had to make the application as his passport was seized by the police after sureties had withdrawn bonds and undertakings that he would be available in the country to face trial.
Ranbir Singh, Sami's advocate, argued that the sureties had furnished bonds of Rs1.5 crore to the trial court and these were pending verification. The verification was taking time and therefore they had filed the application before the high court.
Edith De and Sana Usman, who represented Sami's ex wife Sabah Galadari, opposed the application, saying the singer wanted his passport as he had tours lined up in New Zealand and Australia.
They said that while he could be allowed to visit Pakistan and London on humanitarian grounds, restrictions should be placed on his trip abroad.
The high court has allowed him to retain his passport till June 5.
Sami's lawyer said that the sureties should be verified by then and that subsequently the 2011 HC order allowing him to retain his passport would come into effect again.
On June 7, 2011, the high court allowed Sami to travel abroad, relaxing the anticipatory bail condition requiring him to seek the permission of the court. This was after a magistrate's court and sessions court had rejected his applications to travel abroad.
However, the high court ordered Sami to give an undertaking and get two sureties who would give personal bonds amounting to Rs1.5 crore. The sureties were to be given within three weeks.
Adnan and Galadari, who married in 2001, divorced in 2004. They remarried in 2007, then separated in 2009, after which they have been engaged in a legal battle, with Galadari lodging a complaint of cruelty with the Oshiwara police.