CBI court records statements of two witnesses in passport case

A special CBI court trying the fake passport case involving extradited underworld gangster Abu Salem on Wednesday recorded the statements of two persons, including a key-witness who identified Salem in the court.

Hyderabad: A special CBI court trying the
fake passport case involving extradited underworld gangster
Abu Salem on Wednesday recorded the statements of two persons,
including a key-witness who identified Salem in the court.

The CBI prosecutors produced in the court Arif Lakadwala
(from Mumbai) and Shahid S Hameed. Lakadwala, who was examined
by the prosecution in his deposition before the court, said he
knew Salem since 1989. He also identified the gangster who was
present in the court.

Through, the statement of Lakadwala, the CBI wanted to
prove that the person facing the charges is Abu Salem and not
Ramil Kamil Malik, whose name was mentioned in the passport
application, but it was affixed with the photo of Salem.

In his deposition before the court, another witness
Hameed, (who is son-in-law of Abdul Hameed, one of the
absconding accused in the passport case) stated that his
father-in-law, who used to make "bogus" passports had obtained
the "fake" passports from the Regional Passport Office in
Hyderabad for Salem and his companion Monica Bedi in
impersonating names.

The defence sought time for cross-examining Lakadwala,
after which the court posted to December 23 the trial in the
case.

The court has so far examined 38 witnesses and was likely
to record statements of five more witnesses including two
investigating officers of CBI.

Trial against Salem for obtaining a passport on
"fictitious" name in 2001 from Kurnool district of Andhra
Pradesh began last year.

The gangster was brought to the Nampally Criminal courts
here from Mumbai amid tight security and was later taken back
to Mumbai. Out of the 10 accused in the case, the trial
against six accused including Monica Bedi, is over.

Bedi was convicted in the case in 2006, while Salem`s
wife Samira Jumani, Abdul Hameed and another accused are still
at large, CBI senior public prosecutor T V Ramana said.

PTI

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