A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court on Wednesday came down heavily on the Navi Mumbai Police and questioned the intelligence inputs that allegedly prompted them to move an application seeking the court’s permission to handcuff extradited gangster Abu Salem.
In the application, the police claimed that there were substantial intelligence inputs to suggest Salem could flee, and that the police should be allowed to handcuff him while bringing him to the court premises. Salem is at present lodged at Taloja prison.
Salem, who is ferried with a security cover of eight armed personnel on an average, has been visiting the court frequently to attend the ongoing trial in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.
While questioning the authenticity of the intelligence inputs, special designated TADA Judge G A Sanap asked on Wednesday, “Do you think he will flee amid so much security?” Judge Sanap also directed the police not to handcuff Salem till he decided on the application.
When the Judge asked for the copy of the intelligence input, CBI counsel D N Salvi claimed it was an oral input and there was nothing in writing. The court retorted, “You say he will make an attempt to flee. Why should you give anyone an opportunity to escape.”
Judge Sanap also told the police and the prosecution not to “multiply issues” for the court and create unnecessary hassles. In the past, too, the court chided the police for hassling it and not helping in the smooth conduct of court proceedings. “Do not create any more problems,” the judge said.