Court fixes March 24 for arguments on charge against Abu Jundal

A special NIA court in New Delhi on Friday fixed March 24 for commencement of arguments on framing of charges against suspected LeT terrorist Abu Jundal, one of the masterminds of the 26/11 attacks.

District Judge I S Mehta fixed the matter for March 24 after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) supplied the deficient copies of the documents filed along with its charge sheet to advocate M S Khan, who appeared for Jundal.

Jundal, who has been charge sheeted for allegedly carrying out terror activities in India, had earlier claimed before the court that NIA and Maharashtra Police had forced him to sign some documents and blank papers.

Jundal, who is also known as Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, is presently lodged, in Arthur road jail in Mumbai in connection with an alleged conspiracy to launch terror strikes in the country.

Jundal was charge sheeted by NIA for offences punishable under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly attempting to recruit persons through Internet for joining banned outfit LeT and carrying out terror activities in India.

In its charge sheet, the NIA had said that in and around 2005, Jundal along with his absconding associate Fayyaz Kagzi had joined LeT and in November 2005, they went to Nepal to meet LeT commander Abdul Aziz and received a three-day training of bomb assembling and IED making from him.

It had also claimed that after returning to India, Jundal fled to Pakistan via Bangladesh and stayed in Karachi and in LeT’s headquarters in Muridke.

He did three training courses in LeT training camp and came in touch with LeT top operatives, including its chief Hafiz Saeed, Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and Zarar Shah, NIA had alleged.

NIA in its charge sheet also said that in September 2008, Ansari taught spoken Hindi to the 10 cadres, who carried out terror strike in Mumbai in which 166 people were killed.

“Since the arrest of Ajmal Kasab and subsequent investigations had established the fact that all the attackers were citizens of Pakistan, LeT functionaries further conspired to use Indian youngsters for carrying out future terrorist attacks so as to conceal the actual involvement of LeT in promoting terrorism in India,” it had said.

In October 2010, Jundal went to Saudi Arabia with the “intention of recruiting persons for terrorist attacks” and in December he returned to Pakistan, the NIA had said, adding, he was in process of recruiting persons for carrying out terror attacks on the instructions of top LeT operatives.

NIA had lodged a case against Jundal, who was deported by Saudi Arabia in June, 2012, for allegedly conspiring to launch terror strikes across the country.

It had lodged the FIR against him following unearthing of LeT’s conspiracy of terror strikes in India.