Salem denies charges in fake passport case
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Last Updated: Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 21:49
Bhopal: Gangster Abu Salem today denied all charges against him in the alleged fake passport case and said they were "fabricated" to ensure his extradition.

Salem, whose statement was recorded in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Ramgopal Singh, claimed that he never visited Bhopal or the city municipal corporation office in connection with the case.

The court prepared a long questionnaire carrying 269 queries on the basis of statements of 36 witnesses, but Salem answered all of them in negative and said that these questions had nothing to do with him.

He said he was being framed and that all charges were fabricated to get him extradited. Salem along with his companions had allegedly acquired passport from Bhopal on the basis of fake documents following which cases were registered against them in 2001.

He also submitted an application carrying his signature and told the court that police never got his signature examined from hand-writing experts.

He further claimed that at the time when these fake passports were made, he was in Dubai. The extradited gangster said that if the case would have been probed by CBI instead of local police, then the entire truth behind it would have come out.

He also denied that he had any relation with his alleged old associate Siraj, who turned prosecution witness in the case.

Salem was produced amid tight security in the court, where the hearing lasted for nearly one-and-a-half hour. The court has fixed August 17 as the next date of hearing in the case.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 04, 2010, 21:49

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