The Delhi Police on Thursday filed a chargesheet against underworld don Abu Salem, accused of extorting Rs 5 crore from a south Delhi-based contractor. It is the first chargesheet filed against Salem in a Delhi court under sections of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MOCOCA).
The special cell of Delhi Police submitted the chargesheet before Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur in the five-year-old extortion case, alleging that Salem with the help of five accomplices made several extortion calls to one Ashok Gupta.
The chargesheet alleged there was enough evidence against Salem to try him under various sections, including Sec 387 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievious hurt), 506 (criminal Intimidation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.
It also alleged certain provisions of MOCOCA are applicable against Salem as he was running an extortion racket in the Capital during his stay in Dubai.
Meanwhile, the Court issued a fresh production warrant against Salem for October 5 after the Arthur Road jail authority at Mumbai failed yet again to produce him before it.
The police has already filed a chargesheet against the other five accused Pawan Kumar Mittal alias Raja Bhai, Sajjan Soni alias Babu Bhai, Majid Khan alias Raju Bhai, Mohammed Ashraf alias Babloo and a woman, Chanchal Mehta.
According to the police, in the year 2002, Salem had made threat calls to contractor Gupta, demanding Rs five crore as protection money.
Salem, who is facing trial in eight cases is lodged in Mumbai's Arthur Road Jail.