1993 Bombay blasts: SC to deliver verdict on Abu Salem's plea
Abu Salem was deported in 2005 on the condition that he would not be given the death sentence or a jail term that exceded 25 years.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court is set to deliver its verdict on gangster Abu Salem's plea on Monday for quashing trials against him. Salem had filed the application after the Portugal's Supreme Court terminated his extradition on the grounds that India had violated deportation rules.
Salem was deported in 2005 on the condition that he would not be given the death sentence or a jail term that exceded 25 years. He is being tried in the 1993 Bombay blasts case.
A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam had reserved the verdict on July 9 saying it would pass order after considering CBI's submission that the agency is ready to drop certain charges against 45-year-old Salem under TADA and Explosive Substances Act in view of its commitment to Portuguese government at the time of his extradition that he shall not be awarded death penalty or detained in custody for more than 25 years if found guilty.
Attorney General GE Vahanwati had said government was committed to its assurance given to the Portuguese court and sought the apex court's permission to drop the additional charges framed against Salem by the trial court. The agency sought withdrawal of charges under section 5 and 6 of TADA and sections 4(b) and 5 of the Explosive Substances Act.
The Supreme Court had stayed the trial after Salem approached the apex court against the TADA court's order of January 31, rejecting his plea for closure of his trial.
He had filed the application after the Portugal's Supreme Court upheld the order of a lower court there, terminating his extradition for "violation" of deportation rules by Indian authorities.
(With Additional Information From PTI)