Delhi’s Patiala House court on Wednesday held gangster Abu Salem convict in the 2002 extortion case and sentenced him to seven years of imprisonment, reported news agency PTI.

On May 26, Additional Session Judge Tarun Sehrawat had held Salem guilty of extortion and criminal intimidation.

Salem was, however, acquitted of charges of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Meanwhile, the court acquitted co-accused Pawan Kumar Mittal alias Raja Bhai, Mohd Ashraf alias Bablu, Majid Khan alias Raju Bhai and Chanchal Mehta.

Salem had demanded Rs 5 crore as protection money from Delhi businessman Ashok Gupta in 2002.

While he was granted bail in the case, he continued to be in jail in several other cases, including the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.

More details are awaited.