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Should Abu Salem be given death penalty?

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Last updated on: November 12, 2005 19:25 IST

Portugal on Friday extradited underworld don Abu Salem, the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts that killed around 250 people.

India had to give a written undertaking that neither Salem nor his girlfriend Monica Bedi would be given capital punishment.

As soon Salem was produced in the court, the designated Terrorist And Disputed Activities court asked the Central Bureau of Investigation how it was producing an accused in court with a pre-condition.

Judge P D Kode asked if there was any legal provision that could allow them to do this.

Was it right on part of the Indian government to have given such an undertaking, especially when Salem is accused in one of the largest terror attacks on Indian soil?

If charges warrant the death penalty, should the government stick to its undertaking or should he be given the death penalty? Tell us.

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