The trial against gangster Abu Salem, in connection with his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, is expected to start next week. The designated Tada court, on Wednesday, asked the prosecution and defence lawyers to proceed with the trial.
Following the Supreme Court order, which vacated the stay on trials against Salem, designated Tada judge GA Sanap had issued summons to the gangster. Salem was produced before the court on Wednesday morning.
Ujjwal Nikam, special public prosecutor in the case, said, "The court has asked us to proceed with the case since the stay imposed on trial was vacated by the Supreme Court on Monday."
Salem's lawyer Saba Qureshi said that the trial cannot start until the prosecution makes an application to drop the
charges against him and charge him as per the extradition treaty between India and Portugal.
"According to us, the extradition is already cancelled and Salem's detention in India is illegal. However, since the apex court validated the extradition, the prosecution will have to first move an application to drop the charges which were not mentioned in the treaty. Till that is not decided, the trial cannot proceed," Qureshi said.