Production warrants issued against Abu Salem
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Last Updated: Monday, October 12, 2009, 19:46
New Delhi: A Delhi court, which was to hear the bail plea of underworld don Abu Salem in an extortion case, today issued production warrant against him for October 26 after the Mumbai jail authorities failed to bring him.

"Issue fresh production warrant against accused Abu Salem for October 26," Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kiran Bansal said, adjourning the hearing on the bail application.

Salem, extradited from Portugal in 2005 to face trial in various cases including that of 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts, is facing trial along with Romesh Sharma, alleged front-man of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, for hatching a conspiracy to extort money from three persons based here.

A FIR was lodged at Hauz Khas police station in 1998 under 384 (extortion) and 120B (conspiracy) of IPC.

Arvind Shukla, counsel for Salem, said "he (Salem) was entitled to release on the ground that he has spent three years in jail, which is more than the prescribed punishment for the offence of extortion under section 384 of the IPC."

Seeking bail on statutory grounds, he said "the provision of section 436A under the CrPC has been inserted for granting bail to accused who has completed half of maximum period of imprisonment specified for that offence under law."

Salem was extradited in connection with Mumbai blasts, passport forgery cases in Lucknow and Hyderabad, three extortion cases and a conspiracy to murder in Delhi and Pradip Jain case in Mumbai.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, October 12, 2009, 19:46

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