Gangster Mustafa Dossa, accused of assaulting extradited gangster Abu Salem inside Arthur Road jail, on Wednesday told the magistrate’s court that he was being framed.
Dossa, an alleged close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, also claimed that the injuries sustained by Salem were self-inflicted.
On July 24, after a heated argument Dossa, with help from his aide Abdul Qayyum, allegedly slashed Salem’s face with a spoon smuggled out of the Arthur Road jail canteen.
The NM Joshi Marg police registered a case of attempt to murder against Dossa, and the probe was subsequently transferred to the Crime Branch.
Dossa told the court that Salem wanted to buy a property at Lonavla but didn’t have the money. Salem reportedly asked Dossa for finances, but he refused.
Salem then allegedly inflicted injuries on himself with help from his aides, Manish Thakur and Usman Mehndi, and blamed him, Dossa alleged.
Dossa’s advocate Rizwan Merchant argued that when the police intervened Salem was hitting Dossa, who is a heart patient.
Merchant alleged that Salem was framing Dossa because he wanted to go back to Portgual, from where he extradited in 2005.
Salem, Dossa and Qayyum are awaiting trial in the 1993 serial blasts case, in which Dawood is key suspect.
Crime Branch officials told the court that they wanted to investigate if Salem was attacked “at the behest of any other person”, and also probe the sequence of events leading to attack and record the statements of witnesses.
Accepting their contention, the magistrate remanded Dossa and Qayyum to police custody until August 7.
The designated TADA court on Tuesday had allowed the Crime Branch to arrest Dossa and take his custody from the local court.