New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday decided to
record statements of prosecution witnesses against underworld
don Abu Salem in a seven-year-old extortion case on December
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja fixed the
date for recording evidence against the extradited gangster.
Salem was brought to the national capital from Bhopal
amidst tight security following a production warrant issued on
Three other accused C P Rai, Istiyaq Ahmed and Sadiq Ali,
who are out on bail, were also present during the proceedings.
The court had earlier rejected bail to Salem, who was
brought here on September 30, but allowed his plea to hold
trial in his case in his presence, dismissing a police
application for trial through video conferencing.
Salem is lodged in a Mumbai jail after being extradited
from Portugal in 2005.
All the accused, including Salem, have been booked for
allegedly making threat calls to businessman Rajat Nagrath,
owner of Allied Communication, at East of Kailash here
demanding Rs one crore in 2002.
Meanwhile, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate
Kiran Bansal, who was to hear the bail application of Salem in
another extortion case, adjourned the matter for December one
as no counsel from the prosecution and the defence was