Gangster Abu Salem examines complainant in extortion case
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Last Updated: Friday, April 30, 2010, 23:39
New Delhi: A Delhi-based businessman, from whom extradited gangster Abu Salem had allegedly demanded Rs five crore as protection money, was today cross-examined in a court here and he rejected the defence claim that his complaint was false and motivated.

"It is wrong to suggest that I have given a false complaint with the Special Cell of Delhi police. It is also wrong to suggest that I did it at the behest of police," Rajat Nagrath, the complainant, testified before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja.

He, in his cross-examination by counsel for Salem, also said "it is wrong to suggest that I did not receive any call from one Thakur who said that later Salem would call you."

However, on some occasions Nagrath faltered and did not support his alleged complaint registered with police in 2002.

"It is correct that I never confirmed as to whether the name of the caller was Salem. It is also correct that the caller did not disclose his name as Abu Salem," Nagrath said while replying to a query posed by Sudeep Pasbola and Arvind Shukla, counsel for the accused.

The complainant also failed to justify the delay in giving the tape of the alleged conversation between him and the accused to police. The court has fixed the case for tomorrow for recording testimony of other witnesses as the counsel for other accused, Sadiq, Isthiyaq and C P Rai, said he did not want to examine Nagrath.

Earlier, the court had heard the purported phone call records between Salem and Nagrath.

An FIR was lodged on the complaint of Nagrath that Salem, in active connivance of other accused, had made threat calls to him for demanding Rs 5 crore as protection money.

In another extortion case, registered under stringent MCOCA, Additional Sessions Judge Pinki of Patiala House Courts here today said she would tomorrow pronounce the order on framing of charges against Salem.

Salem, extradited from Portugal in 2005, was booked under MCOCA and other provisions of IPC for allegedly making extortion calls to Delhi-based businessman Ashok Gupta demanding Rs five crore as protection money.


First Published: Friday, April 30, 2010, 23:39

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