Ansari’s plea against solitary confinement dismissed

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed an application filed by alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal,facing trial in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case and the Aurangabad arms haul case of 2006,urging the court to ask prison authorities to remove him from solitary confinement

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: August 29, 2013 1:00 am

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed an application filed by alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal,facing trial in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case and the Aurangabad arms haul case of 2006,urging the court to ask prison authorities to remove him from solitary confinement.

The court held that the management of prisons and security of its inmates was a policy decision,and refused to grant relief to Ansari.

The court questioned the accused’s right to have a say on where he should be lodged,and observed that he was kept in solitary confinement over anxiety expressed by government authorities. The court added that the prison authorities were solely responsible for the policy decision and the court could not interfere. Ansari had been kept in solitary confinement in a specially-constructed prison cell at Arthur Road prison in central Mumbai. It was earlier occupied by Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab,the lone terrorist arrested at the time of the deadly attacks. He was executed at the Yerwada central prison on November 21,2012.

Ansari was arrested at the IGI airport in Delhi on June 21,2012,when he was deported from Saudi Arabia with a Pakistani passport. Jundal,who hails from the Beed district in Maharashtra,is accused of being one of the Pakistan-based handlers of the ten gunmen,who attacked Mumbai in 2008.

Ansari’s petition filed through lawyer Ejaz Naqvi stated,“The applicant (Jundal) has been kept in solitary confinement for six months. Due to this,he is depressed and not able to think clearly. Like all undertrials,Ansari should also be kept in the common barracks and be allowed certain privileges.”

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