Delhi court hears Abu Salem`s bail plea in extortion case

A Delhi court today heard the bail plea of extradited gangster Abu Salem in a 12-year-old case of alleged extortion.

New Delhi: A Delhi court today heard the
bail plea of extradited gangster Abu Salem in a 12-year-old
case of alleged extortion in which he has sought his release
on the statutory ground that he has been in jail for more than
the prescribed sentence for the offence.

"The accused deserved to be released on bail on this
ground alone that he has spent more than three years in jail,
which is more than the prescribed punishment for the offence
of extortion," Arvind Shukla, appearing for Salem, told
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kiran Bansal.

"The section 436A of the CrPC has been inserted for
granting bail to an accused who has completed half of maximum
period of imprisonment specified under the law," he said.

The plea was, however, opposed by public prosecutor
Rajeev Mohan saying Salem, along with co-accused Romesh
Sharma, alleged front-man of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, is
also booked under section 120B (criminal conspiracy) of IPC.

The ACMM then listed the matter for further hearing on
July 17 saying the case records are with a sessions court
which is hearing a revision petition of co-accused Sharma.

Sharma had challenged the ACMM`s order by which his
right to examine witnesses in defence has been closed.

They have been made accused in an FIR lodged at Hauz
Khas police station in 1998 under 384 (extortion) and 120B
(conspiracy) of IPC.

Salem had allegedly made threat calls to businessmen
Vinay Kumar Singh and Malkiyat Singh in 1998. He had also
threatened some employees of a company.

Sharma used to provide information to Salem on phone
regarding the potential targets, police said.

Meanwhile, a court of Additional Sessions Judge Pinki
recorded the statement of a senior scientific officer who had
examined the alleged taped conversation of Salem and the
victims in another extortion case.

According to the police, Salem had in 2003 allegedly made
threat calls to businessman Ashok Gupta, a resident of
Greater Kailash here, to extort Rs five crore as protection
money from him. The police had recorded some of the alleged
telephonic calls.

A separate court at Tis Hazari, hearing another case of
alleged extortion, adjourned the proceedings to July 17 after
issuing bailable warrants against two witnesses as they failed
to appear before it without any intimation.


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