Witnesses fail to appear, Abu Salem case put off

April 16th, 2008 - 10:41 pm ICT by admin  

Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) A special court here deferred the trial of underworld don Abu Salem in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blast case to April 22 after witnesses failed to appear in the court Wednesday. Special public prosecutor Ujwal Nikam told IANS that the trial did not commence as the witnesses had some personal problems. “On next Tuesday, the court will begin the hearing of the two witnesses.” The first witness summoned is an immigration officer.

Salem has been accused of supplying arms and being part of the conspiracy to carry out the blasts.

He has been charged under section 3(3) of the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA) Act, section 120(b) of the Indian Penal Code, the Arms Act and the Explosives Substances Act.

Salem fled Mumbai after the 1993 serial bombings, which killed 257 and injured more than 700 people. He was extradited to Mumbai, three years back, from Lisbon after he was held in Portugal in false passport case.

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