LeT terrorist and 26/11 Mumbai attack key handler Abu Jundal was on Tuesday remanded to judicial custody till December 10 by a Delhi court in connection with a case lodged by the NIA against him for allegedly conspiring to launch terror strikes across the country.
Jundal was produced before District Judge I.S. Mehta, who had on Monday directed the Tihar Jail authorities to produce the accused before him, and the court sent him to jail under judicial custody for two weeks, the court sources said.
The court had on Monday issued production warrant against Jundal after he could not appear before it in connection with an FIR lodged by National Investigation Agency (NIA) following unearthing of a Lashkar-e-Toiba’s (LeT) conspiracy for terror strikes across the country.
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.
Gujarat ATS had earlier taken Jundal’s custody for questioning on his alleged role in the 2006 Karanawati Express train blast at Ahmedabad station. Jundal is alleged to be one of the main conspirators of the blast.
The court on October 20 had remanded Jundal to judicial custody after the NIA had said he was not required for further custodial interrogation in connection with the case.
Prior to that, Jundal had been handed over to the ATS Mumbai after Delhi Police had said he was no longer required to be interrogated by it in the Jama Masjid attack case.
Mumbai ATS had secured his custody in connection with the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, the 26/11 Mumbai mayhem, the 2010 German bakery blast and the Nasik Academy attack.
The Delhi police had earlier filed a charge sheet against Jundal accusing him of being involved in terror activities across India to avenge the alleged atrocities against Muslims, particularly those committed during the 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 Jundal had disclosed that he along with LeT chief Zaki-ur-Rehman alias Lakhvi, monitored the 26/11 attacks from a control room set up at Malir in Karachi, Pakistan.
The charge sheet said after his arrest from the IGI Airport here on June 21 this year, Jundal, during questioning, had admitted to his role 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.