Mumbai: The TADA Court has sentenced life term imprisonment for gangster Abu Salem regarding the murder case of business man Pradeep Jain. On Tuesday, the Bombay High Court clarified that the order passed by the TADA court regarding the shifting of gangster Salem from Thane prison to Taloja prison was not maintainable. The HC arrived at its decision citing that Salem was no longer an undertrial, but a convict. Accordingly, the state can now shift Salem to another prison, under the Prisoners Act of 1900.
Salem was shifted from the Arthur road prison to Taloja after he was attacked in 2010 by Mustafa Dossa, the alleged aide of Dawood Ibrahim. Dossa, a co-accused in the 1993 serial bomb blast, attacked Salem with a spoon.
Salem, who was deported from Portugal in 2005 was lodged in the Arthur road prison’s Anda Cell till the attack. After sustaining injuries on his hand and face, he was moved by prison authorities.
However, in 2013, Salem was allegedly shot at by gangster Devendra Jagtap, an accused in the murder of advocate Shahid Azmi, who had represented an accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case, in Taloja Central Jail on June 27, 2013.
After that, Salem was moved from Taloja to Thane prison, but in 2014, the special TADA court had directed prison authorities to move him back to Taloja, after he had moved an application before the same.