Mumbai‘s most notorious gangster Abu Salem’s plea deal was rejected by the supreme court as the plea stands premature. The sentence exceeds 25 years in prison. The deal was rejected by the court and a stern remark was made by the justice to the Union Home Ministry.
Supreme Court’s remarks on Union Minister
As per reports, Supreme Court Justice SK Kaul said to the ministry , “dont lecture the judiciary. We do not take it kindly when you tell us to do something which you have to decide.The home secretary is nobody to tell us to decide the issue.”
The court made it clear to the ministry that now Abu Saleem’s case stands still and the court will decide what needs to be done.
Abu Salem is a convict from the 1993 bombay bomb blast case and has been in jail since the last 25 years.
According to the Union ministry, the government is bound to give a judegment as the then PM LK Advani guaranteed the portugal government that Abu Salem’s time in prison cannot exceed 25 years. As a result the effective assurance will come in the 2030.
After a long drawn battle in 2005, Abu Salem was extradited from Portugal and convicted to a life time in prison.