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'Will think about releasing Abu Salem in 2030..,' home ministry reply in SC
'Will think about releasing Abu Salem in 2030..,' home ministry reply in SC

New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court against the life sentence of notorious gangster Abu Saleem. The petition was filed on behalf of Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla. The Interior Ministry has said that the question of assuring Portugal on Abu Saleem's conviction will come up only in the year 2030 as the courts of the country are not bound by such an assurance. The time to consider releasing Abu Saleem will come in 2030 when the government will decide what to do. On the demand for Saleem's release, the Union Home Secretary has made it clear that it is based on premature and imaginary assumptions.

In fact, in 2002, the then Home Minister LK Advani, at the time of extradition of gangster Saleem, had promised the Portuguese government that the gangster would neither be hanged nor would he be jailed for more than 25 years in any case. In the same case, the Union Home Ministry has now filed its affidavit. In the earlier hearing, the top court had given the central government a last opportunity till April 18 to file an affidavit. In fact, the court had expressed its displeasure over the Union Home Secretary not filing his affidavit.

Mumbai serial blast case convict Abu Saleem's 25-year jail term will end on November 10, 2030. At the same time, Abu Saleem had questioned the life sentence given by the special TADA court in Mumbai and demanded his release. Saleem had said that the 2002 date should be made the basis for his release, as he was arrested in Portugal at that time. According to this, the 25-year period ends in the year 2027. To which Ajay Bhalla has said in the affidavit that Saleem's demand is unreasonable.

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