Jundal not required for further interrogation: NIA tells court

Jundal not required for further interrogation: NIA tells court

The custodial interrogation of Abu Jundal, a 26/11 key handler and LeT terrorist, has been completed, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) told a Delhi court today.

The NIA stated this before Special CBI Judge Talwant Singh when Jundal was produced before the court after expiry of NIA's remand which was granted on October 8. The court sent Jundal to judicial custody till November 3 accepting the NIA's submission that he was not required for further custodial interrogation.

The NIA had earlier sought Jundal's custody in connection with an FIR registered earlier this year following unearthing of a Lashkar-e-Toiba's (LeT) conspiracy for terror strikes across the country. The designated NIA court had also issued production warrants against Jundal.

Jundal had earlier claimed before the court that he was "tortured" physically and mentally during the probe by various agencies since his arrest in June this year. He had said that he had already disclosed the facts which were within his knowledge to the other probe agencies.

Jundal had earlier been handed over to ATS Mumbai after the Delhi Police had said that he was no longer required to be interrogated by it in the Jama Masjid attack case. Mumbai ATS had wanted him in connection with the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, the 26/11 Mumbai mayhem, the 2010 German bakery blast and the Nasik Academy attack.

Jundal was brought back to Delhi by Mumbai ATS which had produced him before a magisterial court here on October 4.

The Delhi police had earlier filed a charge sheet against Jundal accusing him of being involved in terror activities across India to avenge atrocities against Muslims,particularly those committed during 2002 Gujarat riots.

The charge sheet filed by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidya Prakash, had said that Jundal disclosed that he along with LeT chief Zaki-ur-Rehman alias Lakhvi, monitored the 26/11 attacks from a control room set up in Malir in Karachi, Pakistan.

The charge sheet said after being apprehended from the IGI airport on June 21 this year, Jundal, during questioning, admitted to his involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack.

The Delhi Police had said this in a supplementary charge sheet in the Jama Masjid blast case in which 11 alleged members of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) were charge sheeted earlier.

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