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Abu Salem seeks stay on trial in extortion case

India TV News Desk 04 Aug 2012, 22:37:23 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi, Aug 4: Extradited underworld don Abu Salem today moved a Delhi court seeking stay on his trial in an extortion case after dismissal of India's appeal against the cancellation of his extradition by Portugal's Constitutional court.

In his application to Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidya Prakash, Salem demanded that his trial be stayed as its “continuation after termination of the authorisation granted for his extradition is against the law, justice and without jurisdiction.”

On Salem's plea, the court issued notice to the prosecution seeking its reply to his application.  

Salem's counsel M S Khan submitted that Salem was extradited in 2005 by the Indian government from Portugal where he was arrested in 2002 and according to the extradition agreement, Salem could not be charged with offences entailing life imprisonment or death sentence.

Salem was extradited in eight cases including the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, two passport Act cases, two murder cases and three extradition cases, one of which is pending before the CMM's court here.

A Mumbai trial court, however, framed fresh charges against him, which Salem challenged alleging some of them violated his extradition conditions.