10 Apr : A Delhi court has issued a fresh production warrant against underworld don Abu Salem after the Mumbai police failed to produce him again in an extortion case in New Delhi.Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja sought the presence of the extradited gangster before the court on 24th April.
The court had on 19th March directed the Arthur Road Jail authorities in Mumbai to produce Salem today.The Mumbai police had on 12th December last year and on 16th January and 24th February failed to produce the gangster in New Delhi.
Two other accused C P Rai and Sadiq Ali were present before the court while another accused Istiyaq Ahmed had sought exemption from appearance during the proceedings.
Salem, who was brought here on 26th November last year, has been lodged in the Mumbai jail after being extradited from Portugal in 2005.Besides Salem, three others Rai, Ali and Ahmed have been booked for allegedly making threat calls to Rajat Nagrath, owner of Allied Communication at East of Kailash here, demanding Rs one crore in 2002.
The don is facing trial in eight cases including 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and two murder.A separate court here is also hearing another extortion case registered under stringent law MCOCA against Salem in which Delhi government had filed a plea to withdraw the charges against him.