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SC rejects Abu Salem’s bail plea

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The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the bail plea of 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case convict Abu Salem to get “better” medical treatment.

Salem, 51, had sought bail saying he underwent angioplasty twice and should be released for treatment.

A bench of Justices N V Ramanna, Sanjiv Khanna and V Rama Subramanian turned down the petition of the convict, who is serving life sentence for involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts in which 257 people were killed and over 700 seriously injured.

The court referred to the lives lost in the blasts and said, “The government can provide the health facility. No bail will be given on medical ground.”

Besides the blasts case, Salem is facing charges in several other criminal matters.

On September 7, 2017, Salem was sentenced to life in jail after being convicted in the 1993 blasts case.

Two others — Tahir Merchant and Feroz Khan — were sentenced to death while another convict, Karimullah Khan, was given life term.

Salem was extradited from Portugal in 2005. He was the mastermind of the blasts, along with Mustafa Dossa, who was extradited from the UAE. Dossa died of a heart attack after his conviction in June 2017.

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