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Conduct Abu Jundal trial through video, threat to his life: NIA to Delhi court

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has requested a Delhi court to conduct the trial against suspected LeT operative Abu Jundal through video-conferencing as the Maharashtra government apprehends that he could be killed or abducted by rivals during his transit from jail to the Delhi court. The NIA moved an application before District Judge Amar Nath, stating […]

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has requested a Delhi court to conduct the trial against suspected LeT operative Abu Jundal through video-conferencing as the Maharashtra government apprehends that he could be killed or abducted by rivals during his transit from jail to the Delhi court.

The NIA moved an application before District Judge Amar Nath, stating that Jundal alias Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari, who is currently lodged in Arthur Road jail in Mumbai, could not be produced before the Delhi court on several occasions despite issuance of production warrant against him and that the trial should be expedited through video conferencing. The court has now issued a notice to Jundal’s counsel M S Khan on NIA’s plea.

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Referring to a resolution passed by Maharashtra government in May 2013, the NIA said it “exclude the personal appearance of the accused Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari… after taking into consideration request of Mumbai Police Commissioner to exclude the above-mentioned accused person from personal appearance before court in various cases registered against him due to possibility of assassination bid on his life by rival group or a bid to kidnap”. It added that the resolution was challenged before Bombay High Court, which was dismissed.

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The Delhi court is scheduled to hear arguments on charges in the case in which NIA has chargesheeted Jundal for allegedly attempting to recruit men for Lashkar-e-Toiba, and conspiring to carry out terror activities in India.

Meanwhile, Mehmood Pracha, Jundal’s lawyer in 26/11 Mumbai attack trial, told The Indian Express that the Maharashtra Police does not want him to be accessed by anyone outside because they fear that he will spill the beans on them. This is why they have kept him in solitary confinement. “They are trying to mislead the court by creating this false story of threat…,” he said.

First published on: 09-07-2015 at 00:00 IST
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