Gangster Abu Salem has opposed the Navi Mumbai police's move to handcuff him while taking him to the court, and within the court premises. He has told the special TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act) court that the move of the police is unconstitutional and baseless.

“There is no evidence to show the police's contention that the accused plans to run away. In fact, he had already raised apprehension before the court in the past that the police may impose false charges on him,” Mr.Salem's counsel argued before the court.

He said that the police had no material on record to show that he had any such plans. The Navi Mumbai Police Commissioner had recently passed an order allowing policemen to handcuff the gangster on his way to the court and in the TADA court premises, where he is facing trial for his role in the 1993 blasts case. Mr.Salem is lodged in Navi Mumbai's Taloja prison.

The police had claimed that the accused had plans to escape from the court, on the lines of terror suspect Afzal Usmani. Mr.Salem moved an application opposing the order. The court is expected to hear the arguments of Navi Mumbai Police on Wednesday, after which an order will be passed.

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