Cops want to question Salem on Pallavi's suicide bid

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Mumbai, Feb 21 (UNI) The Ghatkopar police proposes to question underworld don Abu Salem in connection with the suicide attempt by his lawyer Pallavi Ashar who allegedly had an affair with him.

The police will approach the TADA court with a request that they be allowed to record the statement of Salem, an investigating officer told UNI.

The Ghatkopar police has registered a case against Pallavi for attempting to commit suicide. Police have also registered cases against senior advocate Ashok Sarogi and three others on defamation and criminal conspiracy charges.

Sarogi had allegedly leaked Salem and Pallavi's love letters to the press, and suspectedly, it is for this reason that Pallavi had tried to end her life.

Police have recorded Pallavi's statement. Her husband, Khalid Ansari, while talking to mediapersons yesterday, had alleged that Sarogi had circulated fake love letters through the media.

Pallavi, who has changed her name to Almas Ansari, had tried to end her life because of Sarogi's attempts to tarnish her image, he alleged.

Pallavi is at present in stable condition and is recuperating at a private hospital at Ghatkopar.

Meanwhile, Salem, who is an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case but whose trial is being held separately, was today produced before the TADA court for the routine remand requirements.

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