Court tells CBI to file trial schedule of Abu Salem
The Delhi Police has urged for the custody of Salem in an extortion case after producing a warrant.india Updated: Jul 19, 2006 18:26 IST
A TADA court has asked CBI to file on July 21 its programme of examining witnesses for the trial of extradited gangster Abu Salem, accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts case.
In another development, the Delhi Police has urged for the custody of Salem in an extortion case after producing a warrant, returnable on July 25.
The court has asked Salem's lawyers to file a reply in this regard on July 21, defence lawyer Farhana Shah said.
The court has separated the trial of Salem from that of the other accused, including film actor Sanjay Dutt, and asked CBI to file its say on Salem's trial on July 21.
Sanjay is facing charge of possessing AK-56 rifle and later destroying it with the help of his friends.
The actor has denied the allegation and witnesses have also not supported the prosecution.
It is the case of the prosecution that some accused, including Abu Salem, had gone to Sanjay's residence and handed over an AK-56 rifle.
Salem is also charged with distributing arms to other co-accused.
He has given a confession to CBI but later retracted partially.
The court is busy preparing to deliver the verdict and summons the accused to appear before it from time to time.
About 13,000 pages of evidence has been recorded and more than 600 witnesses have deposed before the court.
Altogether 257 people were killed and 713 injured when a series of bomb blasts shattered 13 places in the city damaging property worth Rs 27 crores on March 12, 1993.