The Supreme Court has sought Maharashtra government’s reply on gangster Abu Salem’s appeal to set aside the life sentence awarded to him in a two decade old murder case and send him back to Portugal over alleged breach of extradition treaty.
A bench of Justices P C Ghose and Abhay M Sapre recently issued separate notices on Salem’s appeal against his conviction in the murder case of builder Pradeep Jain in 1995 and his bail plea, wherein he has pointed out he has been in custody for more than 12 years now.
Salem’s petition has specifically urged the top court to direct his repatriation back to Portugal since his trial was conducted in violation of the extradition order, under which he cannot be sentenced to death or put behind the bars for more than 25 years. Salem was extradited from Portugal in 2005.
As per his plea argued by advocate Imtiaz Ahmed, Salem was convicted under TADA and IPC which were outside the ambit of extradition agreement.