Noting that suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba operative Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal was wanted in four cases by the Mumbai Police,a Delhi court on Friday transferred his custody to the Mumbai ATS. Ansari will now be taken to Mumbai and produced before a court there on Saturday.
The court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Vinod Yadav held that the Mumbai CMM court,where Ansari will be produced,will decide on the requirement of the accused for the investigation in the four cases,and would grant custody accordingly.
Ansari,who was arrested in Delhi after he was extradited from Saudi Arabia in June,is wanted by the Maharashtra ATS for involvement in the 26/11 attack,the German Bakery blast case and the 2008 attack on the Nashik police academy. He is a proclaimed offender in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul matter too,which is being heard in a special MCOCA court.
Following the court orders,the Delhi Polices Special Cell handed over Ansaris custody to the Mumbai ATS. He will now be taken to Mumbai by air and will be produced before the court of the CMM,Mumbai before 4 pm on Saturday.
CMM Yadav also ordered that Ansari should be brought back to Delhi on completion of his interrogation in all the cases in Mumbai,but clarified that other agencies,which had also applied for Ansaris custody,were free to pursue it before the Mumbai court. The NIA,the Gujarat ATS and Mumbai CID have asked for Ansaris custody to interrogate him for suspected involvement in various other terror attacks.
The advocate for the NIA,in his arguments before the court,had stated that since the NIA is engaged in averting any future terror strikes in the country,Ansaris custody should be handed over to the agency.
The Gujarat ATS sought Ansaris custody claiming he was a proclaimed offender in an investigation into the 2006 blast in the Karnavati Express in Ahmedabad. He is suspected of having provided the bomb in this case.