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Salem denies hand in ’93 blasts

india Updated: Mar 24, 2009 01:24 IST
Vignesh Iyer

Extradited gangster Abu Salem on Monday denied charges of aiding the landing of explosives used in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. He told the special court that he neither knew actor Sanjay Dutt nor was he involved in underworld activities.

This denial came in the statement taken as per the provision in Section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code where the accused is given a chance to explain any circumstances in the evidence against him. All the answers given by the accused is part of the court record that is considered before judgment.

Salem told the court that he has never been in touch with the other accused, including actor Sanjay Dutt. He denied having gone to the actor’s house at Pali Hill and given him an AK-47.

Salem told the court that when he was extradited to India, he was not produced before any court by the CBI.

According to the CBI, Salem had transported a consignment of Kalashnikov rifles, pistols, hand grenades and cartridges to Mumbai.

He claimed the CBI had fabricated his confession and put his signature on a paper.

Salem, who was extradited from Portugal in 2005, has been accused of supplying arms and ammunitions and of being involved in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.