Abu Jundal produced in packed Tis Hazari court

Sent to Mumbai

 Chief metropolitan magistrate Vinod Yadav’s room in Delhi’s Tis Hazari court was packed with media and police officials when suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Abu Jundal alias Sayyed Zabiuddin was produced on Friday.

Jundal, wearing a white kurta pyjama, was produced before the court around 4 pm, with his face muffled, on completion of his 30-day custody with Delhi Police, which interrogated him about the 2010 Jama Masjid attack. He was brought in an armoured vehicle of Delhi Police’s SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) team after his medical examination was conducted.

According to a senior police official, he was taken straight to CMM Yadav’s room under heavy security.

“He was kept under the watchful eyes of Delhi Police officials to prevent any untoward incident. Due to the sensitivity of the case, extra officials were deployed in and around the court room,” the official added.

The 31-year-old stood silently on one corner of the court room while officials of Mumbai Police ATS, Mumbai Police Crime Branch, National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Ahmedabad ATS sought his custody. 

The court finally decided to transfer his custody to Mumbai Police anti-terror squad (ATS) and directed it to produce him before Mumbai’s chief metropolitan magistrate before 4 pm on Saturday. Jundal is now expected to be flown to Mumbai from Indira Gandhi International Airport on Saturday morning.

Despite being handed over to Mumbai ATS, Jundal will be with Delhi Police special cell as they have been directed by the CMM to ensure his safety till he boards the flight to Mumbai.

Jundal was kept waiting in the room till 6.15 pm and was taken back to the vehicle only after the court order was handed over to officials involved.

Meanwhile, Jundal’s counsel M S Khan moved an application in the court seeking the media to be restrained from publishing his client’s photographs.

“As he is being produced in the court in muffled face, it would adversely affect the defence of the accused,” Khan said. CMM Yadav replied that his statement be taken on record.

Jundal is accused of being involved in 26/11 Mumbai attacks and was listed in the list of ‘50 most wanted criminals sheltered in Pakistan’ released by India in May 2011.

He had served as the handler of the 10 LeT terrorists during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and is a suspect or an accused in several cases, including the Ahmedabad railway station blast in February 2006, the Aurangabad arms haul case in May 2006, and co-accused in the German Bakery blast case.

He was deported from Saudi Arabia on June 25.

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