Chavan to take up Salem extradition issue with MEA

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Wednesday said he would take up the issue of cancellation of underworld don Abu Salem's extradition, with the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

"We will seek information on the case from the MEA and also on what steps should be taken. It will not be proper to comment on the matter based on media reports," Chavan told reporters here.

A Portuguese high court has ordered termination of extradition of Salem for breach of agreement by India for slapping offences which attract death penalty.

It accused Indian probe agencies of violating the conditions under which Salem was permitted to be taken to India in November 2005 to face trial in eight cases including the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

At the time of Salem's extradition six years ago, the Indian government had given an assurance to Portugal that he would not be given death penalty or charged with any section of law which entails jail for more than 25 years.