Delhi Police will have to wait for some more time to lay hands on extradited underworld don Abu Salem as a Mumbai court on Monday deferred the hearing on their petition seeking his custody in an extortion case in New Delhi.
Delhi Police requested designated Judge PD Kode to hand over the custody of Salem to them in connection with three cases registered against him in the national capital, but the court asked it to come back on July 14.
A Delhi court had in January issued a production warrant against Salem.
Salem, who was extradited from Portugal along with his girlfriend Monica Bedi in November last year to face trial in eight cases including the Mumbai bomb blasts, is presently lodged in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.
Though there are four cases registered against him in the capital, he can be tried in only three cases of extortion, which were mentioned in the extradition agreement with Portugal.
In the first case registered against him in July 2002, Salem has been accused of demanding Rs one crore from one Rajat Nagrath, a businessman in East of Kailash, south Delhi.
The special cell of the Delhi Police had arrested three persons in connection with the case who had allegedly confessed that Salem, who was then operating from Dubai, had used them as hitmen.
In the second case registered in April 2002, Salem had allegedly made another extortion call to a Greater Kailash businessman and demanded Rs five crore as protection money.
The third one is also that of extortion, while the fourth pertains to a conspiracy to eliminate rival don Babloo Shrivastava.