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Abu Salem held guilty in fake passport case

Underworld don Abu Salem was on Tuesday held guilty by a Bhopal court in a 2001 fake passport case.

bhopal Updated: Nov 17, 2010 01:43 IST

Extradited gangster Abu Salem was on Tuesday held guilty by a Bhopal court in a 2001 fake passport case.

Salem was held guilty of using a forged document and travelling without valid documents by chief judicial magistrate Ram Gopal Singh.

The court will give its detailed judgement November 19.

“Salem was found guilty under section 471 of the Indian Penal Code (Indian Penal Code) and 12A of the Passport Act,” said Rajesh Raikwar, district prosecution officer.

Salem, who was wearing a red T-shirt and trousers, sat inside the court for almost 25 minutes.

He was brought to the Bhopal district and sessions court amid tight security.

Salem had been brought to Bhopal central jail from Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail on October 28.

Salem is likely to remain in the Bhopal prison till the verdict is out on November 19.

The extradited gangster along with his companions had allegedly acquired passports from Bhopal on the basis of fake documents, following which cases were registered against them at the Koh-e-Fiza police station in 2001.

His wife Samira Jumani and actor Monica Bedi were also booked along with him for having fake passports.

These passports were issued from the Regional Passport Office of Bhopal, to Salem Jumani and Bedi under fictitious names of Danish Baig, Rubina Baig and Fauzia Osman, respectively.

Bedi and two other accused, Syed Abdul Jaleel alias Shiraz and Syed Abdul Kabeer alias Baba, were acquitted in the case in July 2007, while Jumani is still at large.

The actor was in Bhopal jail from December 4, 2006, to July 16, 2007.

Bedi was arrested along with Salem in Portugal on September 18, 2002, and brought to India.

First Published: Nov 16, 2010 18:40 IST