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Supreme Court reserves verdict on gangster Abu Salem's plea challenging life sentence

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on a plea by gangster Abu Salem claiming that, as per the extradition treaty between India and Portugal, his jail

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  6 May 2022 3:38 AM GMT

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on a plea by gangster Abu Salem claiming that, as per the extradition treaty between India and Portugal, his jail terms cannot extend beyond 25 years.

Advocate Rishi Malhotra, representing Abu Salem, contended before a bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul that the assurance was given to the Portugal government by the Indian government, that Abu Salem will not be either awarded death penalty or punished beyond 25 years, but, he has been sentenced to life imprisonment after being convicted in Mumbai serial bomb blasts.

The bench, also comprising Justice M.M. Sundresh, observed that the courts are not bound by the assurance given by the government, however the government may practice its executive power.

Malhotra submitted that Abu Salem was in custody in Portugal since 2002, and he was arrested following a 'Red Corner Notice'. He added that extradition process started in 2003 and went for almost 2 years — and in 2005, he was handed over to India. (IANS)

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