Abu Salem seeks stay on trial in extortion case

FPJ BureauUpdated: Sunday, June 02, 2019, 02:05 AM IST
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New Delhi

Extradited underworld don Abu Salem today moved a Delhi court seeking stay on his trial in an extortion case after dismissal of Indias appeal against the cancellation of his extradition by Portugals Constitutional court.

In his application to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidya Prakash, Salem demanded that his trial be stayed as its ‘continuation after termination of the authorisation granted for his extradition is against the law, justice and without jurisdiction.’On Salems plea, the court issued notice to the prosecution seeking its reply to his application. Salems counsel M S Khan submitted that Salem was extradited in 2005 by the Indian government from Portugal where he was arrested in 2002 and according to the extradition agreement, Salem could not be charged with offences entailing life imprisonment or death sentence. Salem was extradited in eight cases including the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, two passport Act cases, two murder cases and three extradition cases, one of which is pending before the CMMs court here.

A Mumbai trial court, however, framed fresh charges against him, which Salem challenged alleging some of them violated his extradition conditions.

Salem had filed a petition in the High Court of Lisbon alleging that he had been charged for offences in India for which his extradition was not permitted.

The high court had allowed his petition and in September 2011 had ruled that extradition conditions had been violated. Against the Lisbons high courts order, India had preferred an appeal before the Supreme Court of Justice in Portugal, which rejected the same in January 2012.

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