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Court orders jailor to shift Salem to ordinary cell

Salem, who was lodged in the egg-shaped cell, pleaded that he felt suffocated in the cell as there was no fan.

india Updated: May 18, 2006 18:51 IST

On a plea made by extradited gangster Abu Salem, a TADA court hearing the 1993 bomb blast case on Thursday ordered the central jail authorities to shift him from the high security egg-shaped cell to an ordinary cell in the same jail.

The order was passed by designated judge PD Kode, who also allowed 1993 bomb blast, accused Manzoor Ahmed Sayed, to stay in the same cell in which Salem is lodged.

Salem, who was lodged in the egg-shaped cell, pleaded that he felt suffocated in the cell as there was no fan and he was not used to the climate of the city.

His lawyer Ashok Sarogi submitted that Salem may be shifted from the egg-shaped cell to an ordinary cell and a fan be provided in the cell to enable him to bear the summer heat.

Mansoor's lawyer urged the court to allow his client to move in with Salem in the same cell as both of them were lodged under similar circumstances in the egg-shaped cell.

As regards the provision of fan, the court ordered the duo to file an application so that it could pass appropriate orders.

Salem and Mansoor are facing the charge of ferrying arms and ammunition to actor Sanjay Dutt's residence and from there to the premises of other accused prior to the 1993 serial bomb blasts.

First Published: May 18, 2006 18:51 IST