The prosecution in the builder Pradeep Jain murder case changed its stand on Friday and demanded life imprisonment for the gangster Abu Salem, instead of the death sentence.
“In view of the provision of the Extradition Act, the accused (Salem) may be sent to life imprisonment,” special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said in the special TADA court. On Monday, Salem, his driver Mehendi Hassan and builder Virendra Jhamb were convicted for Jain’s murder in 1995.
While earlier Nikam had sought death sentence for Salem, on Friday he argued that the executive assurance (at the time of extradition) does not bind the judicial pronouncement. (Indian government had given an undertaking to Portugal that Salem will neither be given the capital punishment nor a sentence exceeding 25 years).