Chargesheet against Salem in Jain murder case
Salem challenged the chargesheet by filing a petition alleging that extradition procedure had been violated.india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 21:42 IST
Five months after gangster Abu Salem was extradited from Portugal, police on Friday filed chargesheet in a TADA court against him and four others for their alleged conspiracy to kill city builder Pradeep Jain in 1995.
Salem, however, challenged the chargesheet by filing a petition alleging that extradition procedure had been violated as police had made fresh investigations into his alleged role into Jain's murder instead of putting him on the trial on the basis of evidence gathered before his extradition.
The chargesheet, filed in the court of designated Judge PV Bavkar runs into 365 pages and charges Salem and others with offences under IPC, Arms Act and TADA (P) Act.
Salem has been charged with IPC sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 452 (wrongfully restraining a person to assault him) and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation).
He is also charged with sections 5 and 27 of Arms Act (possessing and using fire arms in criminal act) and sections 3 (2), 3(3) and 3 (5) of TADA (P) Act which deals with murder, conspiracy and possessing terrorist weapons.
Salem's lawyer filed a petition objecting to filing of chargesheet.
It argued that police violated the extradition norms by making fresh investigations into the role of Salem.
The petition said the Indian government had assured the Portugal court that Salem was needed for the purpose of trial and that no futher investigations would be made against him.
Besides Salem, other accused include Virendra Kumar Jhamb, Naeem Khan, Riaz Siddiqui, Mehendi Hasan.