Abu Salem is said to be a billionaire gangster worth Rs. 40 billion (Approx $0.67 billion). His cash and property have been valued at least Rs. 10 billion, which is divided between him and his wife, Samira Jumani. While Salem stakes a claim to Rs. 2 billion, his wife possesses Rs. 8 billion in cash and property. Salem’s investments in Bollywood and hawala rackets are estimated to be at least another Rs. 30 billion. He married Samira Jumani, a 17 years old college girl in 1991, from whom he has one or two sons. They later divorced. Samira currently lives in United States. She told that later into interviews that Salem was a “violent psychotic man” and she was forced into marriage.
On 20 September 2002, he was arrested along with Monica Bedi by Interpol in Lisbon, Portugal. His satellite phone was tracked using GPS technology. Monica Bedi was a film actress who reportedly had relationship with him. In February 2004, a Portugal court cleared his extradition to India to face trial in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case. In November 2005, Portuguese authorities handed him over to India on the assurance by the Government of India that the death penalty would not be handed out. When Salem was in Lisbon fighting India’s extradition attempt, the only proof that he was indeed Salem was provided by the fingerprint and photographs taken after his arrest in 1991. Monica Bedi (his alleged second wife) was also extradited to India and later convicted of passport forgery in 2006 and served her imprisonment. Now she has returned to acting and doing well with TV serials.
Now third time, 26-year-old Mumbra girl who is seeking to marry Abu Salem has threatened to kill herself, if her application before the TADA court for permission to tie the nuptials with Salem is rejected. In her six-page application, Sayyed Bahaar Kausar claims to have been completely devastated and distressed because of her reported nikaah with the gangster on board a Lucknow-bound train in 2014. A commerce graduate from a local college has sought permission of the court for Salem to be brought to Mumbai at the office of the registrar of marriages to sign on the documents and formalise their nikaah under the Special Marriage Act. Salem is presently serving in Taloja jail.
Insisting that her decision to marry the incarcerated gangster was more of a compulsion, she blamed the police for undue victimisation by circulating the “morphed” photographs of her with the gangster. The police called her and her friend for inquiry but instead of making inquiries with her, they slapped her and still she is under a trauma. Kausar claimed that, the alleged police harassment has led their relatives and neighbours to maintain a distance from them.
The present situation, she claimed, has only made her ineligible for marriage as her husband would always view her with suspicion and link her to Salem. She is presently staying with her mother, maternal grandfather and her elder brother. The family is believed to have endorsed her decision to tie the nuptials with Salem.
Jailed gangster Abu Salem too has come to the rescue of a 26-year-old woman by agreeing to marry her. Salem agreed to marry the woman after her claims that she could not find a groom because of being wrongly associated with the gangster.
If media reports are to be believed, then Salem had married Sayyed Bahaar Kausar ‘over the phone’ during a train journey when he was being taken by police to Lucknow for a court hearing in January 2014. Earlier, Salem himself had dubbed the report baseless and the woman had said in her affidavit that subsequent visits to her house by the police had defamed her and ruined her career. In a two-page reply to the court, Salem accepted the proposal and said he appreciated the bold stand taken by the woman. Apologising for the situation, he had inadvertently put the woman in, he said he would like to marry her “so that the woman can freely move around and be able to meet and answer all the relatives, friends and well-wishers with her head up in the society.”
The reply reads: “I respect the feelings of the woman and also understand her position; I have no intention that will cause her further disrepute and disrespect. I do not intend to be the cause of any further untoward circumstances… as it has been claimed by her that she will commit suicide if she does not get permission to marry me. “I was unaware of the fact that the woman had to face such things in the name of investigation. I apologise from the bottom of my heart to the woman for whatever sufferings she had to undergo because of my name getting tagged with her. “I am not doing any favour to her by accepting her proposal but (I am accepting it) with great respect and gratitude. I don’t want her to be further defamed because of me or my name. I also undertake to care for her in all respects once she gets married to me and that she will not be further defamed as officially she will be my wife.
“I, with folded hands, must humbly request Your Honour to kindly consider and grant us the said permission.”
This kahani has many twists and turns. This story is beyond the imagination of a common man. After some time we will know the truth about the entire episode, and realise why it has surfaced all of a sudden.
Right now, it’s a ‘Qubool Hai’ for both of them.