A city court on Saturday issued a notice to the CBI director seeking his response as to why underworld don Abu Salem was extradited instead of being deported 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 (ASG) Vikas Singh submitted: “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 the 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.
(With PTI inputs)