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Abu Salem remanded in police custody

Mobster Abu Salem, accused of obtaining a passport on the basis of forged documents, is remanded in police custody for seven days.

bhopal Updated: Nov 13, 2007 20:32 IST

Mobster Abu Salem, accused of obtaining a passport on the basis of forged documents, was on Tuesday remanded in police custody for seven days, even as he said he could not be tried in a lower court as per the conditions of his extradition from Portugal.

Salem, brought from Mumbai, was first taken to the Maharana Pratap Nagar police station and then to the chief judicial magistrate's court amid high security.

Salem's lawyer PC Bedi, who had a similar case against his girlfriend Monica Bedi, filed an application contending that he cannot be tried in the Bhopal court.

"Salem cannot be tried in any court here as per the conditions of the government of Portugal from where Salem and Monica were extradited two years ago. I have thus filed an application before the court in this context," Bedi told IANS.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Ajay Srivastava, however, turned down his plea and sent him to seven days' police custody, saying: "Salem's trial in a court here cannot be treated as violation of the extradition treaty."

He will now be produced before the court on November 20 when the next hearing will take place.

Five people, Salem, his wife Sameera Jumani, one of Salem's ex-associates Shiraz, his brother Abdul Kabir and Monica Bedi, were named accused in the case.

While Monica Bedi and Kabir were acquitted, Shiraz had turned government witness. Salem and his wife are yet to face trial.

Salem, Jumani and Monica Bedi were issued passports under the names of Danish Baig, Rubina Baig and Fauzia Usman by the Bhopal passport office in June 2001.

The fraud was detected the same year after the UAE Police recovered one of these passports from Salem when he was detained there.

Salem also faces charges ranging from extortion to terrorism in other cases.

First Published: Nov 13, 2007 18:08 IST