The National Investigation Agency on Thursday moved a Delhi court for the custody of the alleged 26/11 handler Zabiuddin Ansari, who is currently being interrogated by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police.

The NIA moved the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav for the custody of Ansari alias Abu Jindal in an FIR lodged on June 8, 2012 in a terrorism case in New Delhi.

The NIA had registered the FIR against Ansari and one another person on the basis of a source’s information that they were in India and were amassing explosive substances like ammonium nitrate for carrying out blasts in the country.

The agency submitted to the court an order issued on Thursday morning by a designated NIA court, which said Ansari’s custody be handed over to it for interrogation.

It sought direction from the court for his production before the designated NIA court on July 6, 2012.

The CMM has put up the application for hearing on July 4, 2012.

Ansari allegedly had trained the 10 Pakistani terrorists who had attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008, besides teaching them basic Hindi and apprising them of Mumbai’s topography.

Earlier during the day, the NIA also lodged an FIR against Ansari and another suspect Fayag Kagazi, for hatching the 26/11 attacks conspiracy and aiding the Pakistan-trained terrorists.

The CMM had refused on Wednesday to grant Ansari’s custody to the Mumbai Police in connection with various cases of murder, attempt to murder and other offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act, being probed by it.

The CMM’s court is also slated to hear on July 5, 2012 a plea by the Mumbai CID for Ansari’s custody.

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