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Council: Munde produces phone ‘used by Salem’ in jail, seeks probe


Mumbai: Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde today caused a sensation in the Legislative Council when he produced a phone claiming that it was used by gangster Abu Salem in jail.

“I have in my hand the phone used by Abu Salem in jail. We all know for which crime he is languishing in the prison. If he is getting such luxuries in jail, what is the condition of prisons in our state?” Munde (NCP) questioned and demanded a probe.

The extradited gangster was convicted by a special court in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case. He is currently lodged in Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai.

However, Munde didn’t take name of any jail during his speech.

“I am ready for any inquiry (to ascertain if this is actually the phone used by Salem). How can an anti-national get such facilities in jail? This phone should be sent for forensic analysis to ascertain the truth. Many more things would be revealed in the inquiry,” he said while speaking on a motion moved by him in the Upper House.

In a dig, Munde said the BJP led government should make corruption “legal” as it is not taking any action against two ministers.

“The Opposition is now feeling ashamed to even speak against corruption as no action is being taken against the ministers despite damning evidences against them.

“Remember the very people who made you sit on their heads thinking you will work against corruption will not hesitate in trampling you. All investigative agencies are now backing corruption discreetly,” Munde said.

The NCP leader demanded an inquiry into the allegations of corruption against a BJP and a Shiv Sena ministers under the Commission of Inquiries Act by a High Court judge.