Mumbai: Bombay High Court Thursday issued a
notice to CBI, seeking reply to a petition filed by extradited gangster Abu Salem, which expresses fear that he would be
killed or implicated in a false case by the Indian authorities.
Salem sent a letter to the High Court to this effect,
after the Portugal court recently revoked his extradition.
He had filed a similar application before the special TADA court which rejected it saying that there were no grounds or evidence to support his fear.
However, the division bench of Justices A M Khanwilkar
and P D Kode today issued a notice to the CBI, seeking reply
by December 7.
According to Salem`s letter (written from Taloja
prison near Mumbai), he has nine cases registered against him;
and as the Portugal court has revoked his extradition, Indian
investigating agencies may try either to implicate him in a false case, or orchestrate a fake encounter to kill him.
Salem was extradited from Portugal in 2006, and is one of
the accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.
The letter/petition seeks security, and a direction to
the police and the CBI not to register fresh cases against