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'Salem extradition a major success for CBI'
Onkar Singh in New Delhi | November 11, 2005 12:47 IST
Last Updated: November 11, 2005 14:48 IST
Uma Shankar Misra, director of Central Bureau of Investigation, who retires in December, has described the extradition of underworld don Abu Salem and his actress wife Monica Bedi as a major success for the organisation and thanked the Portugal government for assisting the Indian police in extraditing the fugitive who had been been absconding for more than a decade and was wanted in over 50 odd cases against him.
"This is not a success of an individual, but that of an organisation. I may retire next month, but the CBI will carry on the good work," Misra told rediff.com after he held a crowded press conference at the CBI headqarters in Lodhi complex on Friday morning to announce the extradition of the two accused to India.
The Portugal police had notified the CBI on October 19 that if they do not take the custody of the two accused Salem and Monica by November 10, 2005, they would deem that the CBI is not interested in them.
"We rushed a team of one deputy inspector general, one deputy superintendent of police and two inspectors including a woman inspector from Mumbai to take charge of the accused persons. Our team reached Lisbon on October 29 and had been camping there till they got the custody of the accused on Novermber 10 in the afternoon. The team brought the two accused persons to Mumbai by a special plane," M L Sharma, special director, said in an exclusive conversation with this correspondent.
The woman inspector was included in the team to take care of Monica Bedi during the flight.
Asked about the focus of interrogation of Salem, Misra said the agency would take all the required inputs from the Intelligence Bureau and Research & Analysis Wing to chalk out a wider strategy of questioning the accused.
To a question whether Salem's questioning would focus on issues like the empire of global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim
"Obviously they were not happy that they were being taken to India. That is why they had started a legal battle that lasted almost three years before we could manage to bring Salem and his wife to India," said a delighted Misra.
Incidentally, U S Misra had joined as special director with CBI when Salem was arrested by the Portugal police, and before he demitted his office.
With PTI inputs