Sadik Israr Shaikh,an alleged co-founder of banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) and an accused in several terror cases across the country,deposed as a defence witness in the July 11,2006,Mumbai serial train blasts case on Wednesday.
Defence lawyers of the accused in the case had moved an application seeking permission to examine Shaikh and two others as defence witnesses. Only basic questions regarding the content of several chargesheets against Shaikh across the country were asked, said Sharif Shaikh,one of the defence lawyers. Sadik will continue to depose on Thursday.
Sadik is facing multiple terror cases in Delhi,Mumbai,Gujarat,Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. His roles,as per the chargesheets,are of a serious nature and he is alleged to be involved from the conspiracy stage till the execution of the blasts.
In chargesheets filed in Gujarat,Delhi and UP,Shaikh has allegedly confessed to having played a role in the July 11,2006,blasts,too. While the investigating agency claims that IM is a 2008 phenomenon,Shaikh has owned up to IMs involvement in the 2006 serial train blast,too. Either of the two theories should be false, said Sharif Shaikh.
Sadik,who was arrested on September 24,2008,from Kurla for his alleged involvement in the 2008 blasts,had been remanded in the custody of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad,which interrogated him for his alleged role in the 2006 train blasts. However,the prosecution filed for his discharge from the case.