The Special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court Wednesday allowed Thane police to interrogate extradited gangster Abu Salem in Taloja jail over his alleged marriage while he was being taken to in a train to Lucknow on January 8.
In the application filed with the designated TADA judge G A Sanap, the Thane police claimed that to investigate further, it was essential to question Salem. They also claimed that they were yet to ascertain if the allegations were true and were questioning his lawyers, friends and relatives.
The Thane Local Arms Division personnel who had accompanied Salem to Lucknow are also being questioned. His nephew Rashid Ansari has been questioned, too, a senior officer said.
The police has to inform the jail authorities about the days and the timings of when they want to question Salem.
According to the media reports, Salem, who was on his way to Lucknow to attend a court hearing in a fake passport case filed against him, married his 27-year-old girlfriend on the train on January 8 in the presence of a Kazi. The woman is believed to have boarded the train at Kalyan and the Kazi got in after it crossed Maharashtra.
“The woman was a regular visitor at the sessions court for the last few months. She would attend court hearings and was also believed to have visited him in jail several times,” said a senior CBI officer who is handling the 1993 blast case. Thane Police Commissioner K P Raghuvanshi said, “I have instructed Additional Commissioner of Police D M Phadtare to conduct an inquiry into the matter. No clear picture has emerged so far.”