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Anti-Terror Squad gets Salem's custody

A designated TADA court allowed the Anti-Terrorist Squad to seek the custody of extradited gangster Abu Salem.

india Updated: Nov 24, 2005 17:45 IST

A designated TADA court on Thursday allowed the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) of Mumbai police to seek the custody of extradited gangster Abu Salem in a 1997 murder case of real estate developer Pradeep Jain.

The CBI had on Wednesday given up the custody of Salem in 1993 bomb blast case and he was placed in judicial custody.

However, ATS of Mumbai police sought his custody in Pradeep Jain murder case after security production warrant from the trial court and urged the TADA court to release him from judicial custody.

Hearing a plea of ATS of Mumbai police, TADA Judge PD Kode allowed Mumbai police to produce the accused before another court in the Pradeep Jain murder case.

However, the judge asked the city police to take steps for remanding Salem back to judicial custody in the 1993 bomb blast case after the expiry of his custody in the Jain murder case.

Salem's lawyers expressed apprehension over his safety in the sessions court complex where he would be produced in the Jain murder case, but prosecutor Rohini Salian assured that police would provide security cover to the accused.

The prosecutor also assured the court on behalf of ATS that Salem would be produced before the TADA court in the 1993 bomb blast case whenever required.

On going through the remand papers, the court also expressed concern over Salem's security saying apparently there were threats to his life.

Mumbai police had secured production warrant against Salem in Pradeep Jain murder case. The warrant was executed on Thursday and Salem would be produced before Judge PV Bavkar during the day.

First Published: Nov 24, 2005 15:53 IST