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Delhi court asks Salem to appear on Feb 6

Abu Salem is wanted in three extortion cases and a conspiracy to eliminate a rival gangster.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2006 16:10 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

A Delhi court has issued a production warrant against underworld don Abu Salem in connection with four cases, including a criminal conspiracy to eliminate gangster Babloo Srivastava.

On a petition filed by the Delhi Police Special Cell, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Seema Maini ordered that Salem be produced before her on February 6.

Salem, who was recently extradited from Portugal along with his girlfriend Monica Bedi to face trial in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, is presently being interrogated by the Mumbai Police on his role in the murder of a businessman.

In the first case registered against him in July 2002, Salem has been accused of demanding Rs one crore from Rajat Nagrath, a businessman in East of Kailash, South Delhi.

Earlier, the Special Cell had arrested Ishtaq, Sadiq and Chanduprakash in connection with the case after a two-month probe. On questioning, they had allegedly confessed that Salem, who was operating from Dubai, had used them as hitmen.

In the second case registered in April 2002, Salem had allegedly made another extortion call to a Greater Kailash businessman and demanded Rs five crore as protection money.

The third one is also that of extortion, while the fourth pertains to a conspiracy to eliminate rival don Babloo, who is now lodged in an Uttar Pradesh jail.

Delhi Police Commissioner KK Paul had recently expressed the hope that Salem would be brought to the Capital soon to face trial in the four cases.

First Published: Jan 26, 2006 13:00 IST