The Supreme Court will, on Monday, deliver its verdict on gangster Abu Salem’s plea to quash trials against him in the wake of Portugal top court’s decision to terminate his extradition to India.
Salem, 45, had filed the application after the Portugal Supreme Court upheld the order of a lower court there, terminating his extradition after it concluded that India had violated the deportation rules in Salem’s case.
A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam had reserved the verdict on July 9 saying it would pass the order after considering the CBI’s submission that the agency was willing to withdraw certain charges against Salem under the TADA and the Explosive Substances Act.
The CBI had made this statement before the court as the Indian authorities had given the commitment to the Portuguese government during Salem’s extradition that he would not be awarded death penalty or detained for more than 25 years if found guilty of the charges pending against him.
Attorney general GE Vahanvati had further told the court that the government was committed to its assurance given to the Portugese court. He had, therefore, sought the top court’s permission to drop the additional charges framed by the trial court against Salem.
CBI has agreed to withdraw charges under sections 5 and 6 of TADA and sections 4(b) and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act.