Abu Salem sentenced to life for builder Pradeep Jain murder

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Abu-SalemA Mumbai court on Wednesday sentenced extradited gangster Abu Salem to life imprisonment for the 1995 murder of city-based builder Pradeep Jain.

In Salem’s first conviction under the stringent Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA), a special court on February 16, 2015 had held him guilty of the murder of Jain. The gangster’s former driver Mehendi Hassan and an 86-year-old builder, V.K. Jhamb, had also been convicted with him in the 20-year-old case.

Salem, who was extradited from Portugal in 2005, is likely to appeal against the verdict in the Supreme Court. Seventeen bullets were pumped into Pradeep Jain outside his Juhu bungalow on March 7, 1995. His brother escaped with a bullet injury.