New Delhi, April 28: The Patiala House Court on Saturday deferred the judgement in the 2002 extortion case,  involving 1993 Mumbai blasts case convict Abu Salem till May 4, news agency ANI reported. Last week also, the court had deferred the pronouncement of order.

Earlier on April 9, the court had deferred the verdict  due to unavailability of the concern judge. Although Salem had claimed that the prosecution did not have enough evidence against him in the case, a fresh production warrant was issued against him in February. (Also read: 1993 Mumbai Attack Mastermind Abu Salem Parole Rejected)

Through his lawyer, the gangster had also claimed that his trial in the case violated an order by which he was extradited to India from Portugal in 2005.

Salem is facing trial for allegedly demanding Rs 5 crore as protection money from Delhi businessman Ashok Gupta in 2002. While he has already been granted bail in the case, he continues to be in jail for his involvement in various other cases, including the serial blasts which rocked Mumbai in 1993.