Delhi Court to record evidence in extortion case against Salem
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Last Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 20:40
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 one.

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 November five.

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 present.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, November 19, 2009, 20:40

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