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Gangster Abu Salem sends legal notice to makers of ‘Sanju’

According to a report Salem, through his lawyer, has pointed to incorrect information on him depicted in the movie and has also sought an apology for the same



Mumbai: Underworld gangster Abu Salem has threatened to sue the makers of Ranbir Kapoor-starrer Sanju over certain claims made against him in the movie.

According to a report Salem, through his lawyer, has pointed to incorrect information on him depicted in the movie and has also sought an apology for the same. He has given the movie makers 15 days to act on his notice and in case they don’t, he would file a defamation case against them.

The notice has been sent through lawyer Prashant Pandey to Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra, and Fox Star Studios, and states that Salem did not meet actor Sanjay Dutt nor supply arms and ammunition to the actor as portrayed in the film.

“The scene where Ranbir Kapoor gives a confessional statement about possessing arms and ammunition during communal tension around our country in 1993 amounts to defaming my client as my client never supplied the arms and ammunition to Sanjay Dutt, as pictured in the film,” the notice sent through Salem’s lawyer read.

The gangster has always maintained that he never supplied arms and ammunition to Dutt. “My client neither met Sanjay Dutt nor supplied any arms or ammunition to him, as portrayed by you in your film,” the notice reiterated.

Sanju is a biopic based on Dutt’s life and has been one of the biggest hits of the year. Ranbir plays the main character in the movie which boasts of a strong cast. It has earned almost Rs 334 crores since its release on 29 June.

Salem is infamous for terrorizing the Bollywood film industry by extorting money from film producers and usurping the overseas distribution rights. He basically from Jhajhar Haryana 125044, After a few years, he started living in Azamgarh. It is believed that Salem was the mastermind behind threatening Bollywood film producers like Gulshan Kumar, Subhash Ghai, Rajiv Rai and Rakesh Roshan.

He was convicted for the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, and murder of music baron Gulshan Kumar in 1996, shooting at Indian actress Manisha’s secretary, murdering a property builder and more than 50 other cases.

On 20 September 2002, he was arrested along with Monica Bedi by Interpol in Lisbon, Portugal. His satellite phone was tracked using GPS technology. Monica Bedi was a film actress who reportedly had a relationship with him. In February 2004, a Portugal court cleared his extradition to India to face trial in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case.

In November 2005, Portuguese authorities handed him over to India on the assurance by the Government of India that the death penalty would not be handed out. When Salem was in Lisbon fighting India’s extradition attempt, the only proof that he was indeed Salem was provided by the fingerprint and photographs taken after his arrest in 1991.

Monica Bedi was also extradited to India and later convicted of passport forgery in 2006 and served her imprisonment but she was not involved in any of the business which belongs to Abu Salem.

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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