Arms haul case: Charges against Ansari to be framed next month

A local court is likely to frame charges against LeT operative and key 26/11 handler Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal next month in the 2006 Aurangabad Arms Haul Case.

"The (MCOCA) court has issued production warrant against Jundal for January 9 and charges are likely to be framed on that date," said Jundal's lawyer Ejaz Naqvi.

The warrant was issued after Jundal told the court that he wanted to talk to his lawyer before the framing of charges, Naqvi said. Jundal was on Wednesday produced in the court via video link from Tihar jail.

Meanwhile special public prosecutor Raja Takare told the court that charges under Unlawful Activities (Prevention)Act, Explosives Act, Explosives Substance Act, Indian Penal Code and Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) were maintained against Jundal.

When the court told the official of the Tihar jail, who also appeared via video link, to produce Jundal on January 9, he told the court that Jundal was in the custody of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM) court, Delhi, and he cannot be sent to Mumbai without his direction.

The jail official said that the CMM would be joining office on January 1, after which the court issued a production warrant, said Naqvi.

Neither Yerwada jail nor Arthur Road jail authorities have filed their replies to the notice issued by the court as to which prison Jundal will be lodged in.

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