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SC defers bail plea of Abu Saleem, convicted for life imprisonment for involvement in the Mumbai serial blasts in which 257 people were killed in 1993

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New Delhi, Oct 4 (ILNS) The Supreme Court today dismissed the hearing in a bail application filed by Abu Saleem, convicted for a life sentence for his involvement in the Mumbai serial blasts on March 12, 1993, in which 257 people were killed.

A Three Judges Bench comprising Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant & Justice Hima Kohli refused to entertain a petition by gangster Abu Salem, who claimed his extradition was illegal and liable to be cancelled because of breach of terms by Indian authorities.

His earlier bail applications before the supreme court got dismissed on several occasions. The first bail application got dismissed in the year 2018. 

In the month of January 2021, the plea was raised by Abu Salem seeking a direction to transfer him from Taloja jail to Tihar jail so that the amicus curiae can speak to him and procure some documents.
Salem argued that the Indian authorities had violated the extradition treaty.
Salem, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, had been extradited from Portugal on November 11, 2005.
The gangster is serving a life sentence in jail after being convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts that had killed 257 and injured 713 people. He has also been sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment in a 2002 extortion case by Delhi Court.
The Supreme Court refused to entertain a petition by gangster Abu Salem, who claimed his extradition was illegal and liable to be cancelled because of breach of terms by Indian authorities.
Earlier the then Bench headed by Former Chief Justice of India SA Bobde asked Salem to approach the Bombay High Court with his plea.

Appeals filed before the supreme court Under Section 19 of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities(Prevention) Act, 1987 against the final Judgment and Order dated February 25, 2015 passed by the Designated Court, Greater Bombay at in TADA Special Case No.1 of 2006. Abu Salem sought a stay of the trial of the Criminal Cases on the ground that in view of the order of September, 14, 2011passed by the court of Appeals of Lisbon, Portugal terminating the extradition order on the ground that trial of the Appellant was conducted in violation of the terms of extradition and such order was disposed of on August 5, 2013.

Abu Salem had challenged the Session Court order who convicted him for the murder of Mumbai based Builder Pradeep Jain. Two other accused were found guilty are Virendra Jhamb and Mehndi Hassan. Mehndi Hassan’s appeal is prolonging in the supreme court.
A TADA Court found Abu Salem guilty of the murder of Builder Pradeep Jain who was shot dead by assailants outside his Juhu Bungalow in March 1995.
According to the court’s order, Salem’s role was proved not only on the point of Jain’s murder but also on the extortion calls made thereafter. Three flats owned by the Jain’s were given to Salem as a result, of the extortion calls made to the victim’s wife Jyoti Jain. The flats were sold by Jhamb and the money was transferred through the hawala transaction in Dubai to Salem.

Testimony of brother namely Sunil Jain of deceased Builder Pradeep, Jyoti Jain, wife of Builder Pradeep Jain and Naaem Khan, an accused who turned approver- their unimpeachable testimonies against Abu Salem was clinching evidence by which prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt./ILNS/KY/KR/SNG

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