Salem remanded to judicial custody
Gangster Abu Salem remanded to judicial custody till January 3 by Hyderabad court in connection with fake passport case.india Updated: Dec 21, 2007 02:50 IST
Underworld don Abu Salem was remanded to judicial custody till January 3 by a local court on Thursday in connection with a fake passport case.
Salem, who was brought from Mumbai on a prisoner transit warrant, was produced before a special judge who sent him to 14 days judicial custody.
As the judge of the special CBI court was on leave, the gangster was produced before another special judge for speedy trial of cases of embezzlement of scholarship amounts in Andhra Pradesh social welfare department.
Salem was brought to the court at Nampally from Chanchalguda jail amidst tight security. The CBI had filed an application before the special judge, seeking the gangster's custody in connection with the fake passport case.
Salem, who is also wanted in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, was then taken to Mumbai where he is facing trial in a TADA court. While leaving the court premises, a reporter asked him whether he still loved Monica Bedi to which he said, "yes".
Salem was brought to the city on Wednesday and lodged in Chanchalguda jail after the special CBI court directed the police to produce him again on Thursday morning.
Salem and his companion Bedi, a former Bollywood starlet, had allegedly procured passports from Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh under fictitious names.
After her prison term, Bedi was released on July 25 this year after the Supreme Court had relaxed her bail conditions. The case came to light in February 2002 when the Intelligence Bureau got a tip-off that the couple had used fake passports during a trip to Dubai.
The Regional Passport Officer in Hyderabad had cancelled passports in March 2002 and issued alerts to all airports in the country. However, they had fled the country by then.
After prolonged extradition proceedings, Salem, wanted in connection with the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, alongwith Bedi were brought to India from Portugal on November 11, 2005.