New Delhi : Extradited gangster Abu Salem was on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment by special TADA court for murder of Mumbai-based builder in 1995.

The Bombay High Court had on Tuesday disposed of an appeal filed by Maharashtra government against a ruling of a special TADA Court which had reversed the order of a top official to shift the gangster Abu Salem from Taloja prison in Navi Mumbai to Thane jail.

Before conviction, Salem was in judicial custody of the TADA court in the murder case and lodged in Taloja prison.

Meera Borwankar, Additional DGP (Prisons), recently transferred Salem from Taloja to Thane jail. She relied on a letter by Portuguese government and also a report of Special Investigation Team of the police, both of which said there was a threat to his life in Taloja jail.

Salem, however, moved the TADA court, opposing the transfer saying the threat to his life was greater in other prisons.

The extradited gangster is also an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

Salem faced threat from a fellow serial blasts accused, Mustafa Dossa, and fugitive gangster Chotta Shakeel, his lawyer had said.

An inmate of Taloja jail had attacked Salem in 2013 but he escaped with a minor injury.