Court issues fresh production warrant against don Abu Salem

A court today issued a fresh production warrant against underworld don Abu Salem after the Mumbai police once again failed to produce him for the eighth consecutive time in a six-year-old extortion case. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Sanjeev Jain directed the Arthur Road jail authorities in Mumbai to produce the extradited gangster and his associate, Chander Prakash, before him on April two. The court today also did not receive any information from the Mumbai police in this regard. The Special Cell of the Delhi Police had registered a case of extortion and criminal intimidation against Salem and his alleged associates Ishtiyaq Ahmed and Chander Prakash in 2002. The accused allegedly made extortion calls to a South Delhi-based businessman, Rajat Nagrath, demanding a ransom of Rs one crore. The CMM court had on February 19 had issued a production warrant against Salem for today. The FIR in the case was registered in Lodhi Colony police station in South Delhi on Nagrath's complaint. The Mumbai Police, despite repeated production warrants, have failed to produce the gangster in the court since the warrants were issued against him. The other two accused, Ahmed and Prakash are lodged in Bhopal jail while Salem is in the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai. Salem, who was extradited from Portugal on November five, 2005, is also one of the accused in a MCOCA case registered in 2002 for allegedly attempting to extort Rs five crore from a contractor Ashok Gupta.

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