Merger of Salem's case with others to be heard on Nov 12

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Mumbai, Oct 30 (UNI) The designated TADA court today asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to argue its case on November 12 regarding an application moved by it to amalgamate the trials of extradited mafia don Abu Salem, his associate Riyaz Siddiqui, and UAE deported gangster Mustafa Dossa, alias Mustafa Majnu, in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

The CBI had earlier moved an application praying that the trials of all the three accused be clubbed together since they were arrested after the conclusion of the trials of the 123 Mumbai serial blasts accused, of whom 100 were subsequently convicted.

Dossa, younger brother of prime absconding accused Mohammed Dossa, was deported from Dubai on March 12, 2003 during the fag end of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case trial. Therefore, his trial was seperated and was marked as Bomb Blast Case-A (BBC). His name was included as accused in 1995 after the arrest of another blast convict, Salim Mira Shaikh alias Salim Kutta, from Porbundar in Gujarat.

Shaikh, in his confessional statement, had named Dossa and, based upon that, the latter was declared as a proclaimed offender and a red corner notice was issued. On November 11, 2005, Salem, who was extradiated from Lisbon in Portugal, had named Siddiqui who was also arrested and had a case ''BBC-B'' filed against him.

Subsequently, the investigating agency had prayed before the court to club BBC-A and BBC-B for a speedy trial. In response to the application, the court asked the agency to argue its case on November 12.

UNI

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