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Salem had B'wood stars on hitlist

Subhash Ghai and Ram Gopal Verma were next on Abu Salem's hit-list after he had disposed off Manisha Koirala's secretary Ajit Dewani.

india Updated: Apr 20, 2006 04:06 IST

Subhash Ghai and Ram Gopal Verma were next on Abu Salem's hit-list after he had disposed off Manisha Koirala's secretary Ajit Dewani. These disclosures are part of Salem's confession to a DCP, that he later retracted.

Salem said that the Dewani killing got him attention in Bollywood. And his threats to actor Sushmita Sen and singer Sonu Nigam worked after that. Verma and Ghai were to have received extortion calls, but escaped as the gangster had to leave for Portugal.

Salem has called film financiers Jhamu, Harish Sugand and producer Bobby Anand "close friends". The confession, confirmed before a Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, was retracted in the Special MCOCA court of Abhay Thipsay. It was the third confession the gangster had retracted in as many cases.

Salem said he ordered the killing of Dewani at the behest of wanted accused Anees Ibrahim. Salem also admitted to threatening actor Amar Asrani, director Sunil Darshan and David Dhawan, actress Sushmita Sen, singer Sonu Nigam, and other personalities like Indra Kumar, Rajkumar Kohli and Pradeep Shah.

Other than these, Arif Lakdwala is called a friend by Salem. Lakdawalla recently deposed in the Special MCOCA court as a prosecution witness in the Sara-Sahara shopping complex case.

Salem said that after Dewani's murder, he left for Switzerland with his second wife Monica Bedi. He then shifted to Portugal, "where both of us for the purpose of getting permanent citizenship, married two different persons."