Salem (46), presently lodged at the Taloja Central Prison, in his petition stated that after his conviction, he had filed an application for parole before the Divisional Commissioner, Konkan region, on the ground of his own marriage as he was in love with a woman and intended to marry her
Salem wants to marry Kausar Bahar, a resident of Mumbra area in Thane district. In his petition, Salem said he is lodged in jail since November 2005 and should be allowed to maintain family and social ties. Salem did not mention the date when he intends to marry.
After seeking extradition under the United Nations Convention on Suppression of Terrorism of 2000 and signing the treaty with the Portuguese, India brought back Abu Salem. Salem was extradited from Lisbon in 2005.
The judge observed that Salem indulged in extending threats and extortion, and had previously been involved in several cases. "Therefore, he deserves severe punishment of such a magnitude that the same should be a lesson for the convict and an alarming lesson for others,” judge said
The court acquitted the other accused — Chanchal Mehta, Majid Khan, Pawan Kumar Mittal and Mohammad Ashraf — citing lack of evidence against them. One of the accused, Sajjan Kumar Soni, died during the trial.