A Delhi Court on Saturday issued notice to the CBI director seeking his response as to why underworld don Abu Salem was extradited instead of being deported in New Delhi from Portugal in 2005 to face trial in criminal cases including the 1992 Mumbai blasts case.
"Issue notice to the CBI Director for August 5 for apprising the court about extradition of Abu Salem," Additional Session Judge Ravinder Kaur said.
The order came after Additional Solicitor General Vikas Singh submitted that "actually it was a case of deportation as the accused was caught in Portugal for using forged travel documents."
The ASG, who on behalf of Delhi Police had sought dropping of MCOCA charges against Salem, had responded to a court query as to why the Centre instead of deportation went for his extradition, putting restrictions on the number of cases on which he could be tried and the quantum of sentence.
The extradition of the don was conditional and came with restrictions on the number of cases on which he could be tried and the quantum of sentence. These limitations would not have been there in case of deportation.
The NDA government had given an executive assurance that after Salem's extradition he would not be tried for offences which may invite imprisonment exceeding 25 years.