New, Delhi, June 7: Tis Hazari Court on Thursday sentenced seven years of jail term to Gangster Abu Salem in connection 2002 Extortion Case.
…the convict is a hardcore criminal (who) indulged in the activities of extending threats and extortion under the fear of death, and he has been previously involved in several cases of similar nature, therefore, he deserves severe punishment of such magnitude that the same should be a lesson for the convict and an alarming lesson for others,” Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sahrawat said.
Besides seven years of imprisonment, the court imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him.
On May 26, Abu Salem was convicted under Section 387 (putting person in fear of death or of grievous hurt in order to commit extortion) and Section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code, but acquitted under charges of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.
The court has acquitted co-accused Pawan Kumar Mittal alias Raja Bhai, Mohd Ashraf alias Bablu, Majid Khan alias Raju Bhai and Chanchal Mehta in the case.
Earlier in February, the court had issued fresh production warrant against the gangster.
Salem on January 16, claimed that the prosecution did not have enough evidence against him in the case.
The gangster is facing trial for allegedly seeking Rs. 5 crores as protection money from Delhi businessman Ashok Gupta in 2002.
He has already been granted bail in connection with the case; however, he continues to be in prison in various other cases, including the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
According to the prosecution, the gangster sought money from a Delhi-based businessman and threatened to eliminate his kin if the amount was not paid