New Delhi: In a respite to the Indian government, the Constitutional court of Portugal on Monday put a stay on the order of its Supreme Court on violation of extradition agreement of underworld don Abu Salem by New Delhi by slapping new charges invoking death penalty.

While hearing India’s plea, the Constitutional Court stayed the order of the Supreme Court of Portugal. India had filed a petition in the Constitutional Court of Portugal seeking stay on the order of its Supreme Court citing the trial against Salem with regard to additional charges levied in India was stayed by the country’s Apex Court. 

“It is indeed a big accomplishment for India,” said CBI sources.

Notably, it is for the first time that a petition from another country will be heard in the Constitutional Court.
   
Salem had filed a petition in the High Court in Lisbon alleging violation of Rule of Speciality after which a judgement was pronounced on September 19, last year, saying there had been breach of the Indian undertaking given to the Portuguese authorities.

JPN/Bureau/Agencies