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Don't talk to media in Salem case, CBI told

Mumbai: A TADA court here on Monday restrained the Central Bureau of Investigation from disclosing to the media any information on the probe involving the underworld don Abu Salem, extradited from Portugal.

Designated judge P.D. Kode, hearing Salem's application to allow his lawyer to be present during interrogation, said that "having regard to the delicacy of the matter as well as the manner in which the accused was brought to India, it [is] required to avoid unwanted sensation and speculation being created in society that would affect the progressing trial."

The court directed the CBI not to forward any information to the media. It said it did not want to comment on the past but expressed the hope that the investigating agency was alive to its responsibility and limitations, considering the gravity of the case.

Supreme Court ruling

Salem's counsel O.S. Siddique said the Supreme Court, in a ruling, said defence counsel could be present in an investigator's office during the interrogation of an accused.

The apex court said the defence lawyer should be allowed to remain present during investigation, at least within earshot.

No confession

The CBI clarified that Salem had not made any confessional statement and whatever material it gathered during interrogation was oral.

The court adjourned the hearing of Salem's plea till November 16 with a direction to the CBI to file its reply.

Salem "depressed"

"Salem was looking depressed and admitted that the CBI was interrogating him," counsel said. — UNI

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