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Defence seeks less sentence for Abu Salem

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Jul 12, 2017, 2:26 am IST
Updated : Jul 12, 2017, 2:26 am IST

The defence said that just because Salem was absconding did not mean that he was in a dominant position.

Abu Salem
 Abu Salem

Mumbai: The defence counsel for gangster Abu Salem on Tuesday completed his arguments on the quantum of punishment. The defence argued that the court needed to bifurcate the difference between accused having knowledge about the conspiracy, as some of the accused had direct and complete knowledge while the some accused had indirect and incomplete knowledge and did not attend the conspiracy meetings. Salem belongs to the latter category, the defence argued.

Advocate Sudeep Pasbola argued that there is no evidence on record to show that Salem was part of the main conspiracy of bomb blasts as he did not attend any conspiracy meeting and he had no contacts with masterminds.

The defence said that just because Salem was absconding did not mean that he was in a dominant position. “Dominant position belongs to the one who gives instructions, but Salem was receiving instructions,” Mr Pasbola said, adding that the gangster played a very limited role and should be awarded a minimum sentence like the other convicts in the first trial.

Tags: abu salem, bomb blasts
Location: India, Maharashtra, Mumbai (Bombay)