13/01/2017 5:41 PM IST | Updated 13/01/2017 6:47 PM IST

Special NIA Court Frames Charges Against Terrorist Abu Jundal, Trial To Begin On 31 January

He is accused of being the handler for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

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Sayeed Zabiuddin Ansari, also known as Abu Jundal, with his face covered, leaves from a hospital in New Delhi June 29, 2012.

NEW DELHI -- A special National Investigative Agency (NIA) court on Friday framed charges against Sayeed Zabiuddin Ansari, also known as Abu Jundal, for conspiring in terror attacks in different parts of the country.

District Judge Amar Nath framed charges against Jundal under IPC 153 A and various sections of Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA). These include promoting enmity between different communities, punishment for conspiracy, and punishment for being member of terror organisation. The trial is expected to begin from 31 January.

Jundal, who was given a life term last year for his role in an arms haul case in Aurangabad in 2006, is also accused of being the handler for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. He is believed to be a senior member of the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), and conspired to hire Indians for terrorist activities and cause enmity between different religious groups.

Earlier, while advancing arguments on framing of charges, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had claimed that "sometime in 2010, Jundal, along with his associates, entered into a conspiracy to commit terror attacks in the country".

"He used Facebook accounts with the use of fake IDs and sent emails to contact several persons. Three among them were examined by the NIA. The confession given by Jundal in November 26, 2008, Mumbai blasts case also corroborates this case," the NIA had said.

Advocate M S Khan, appearing for Jundal, however, had opposed NIA's contention, claiming that allegations against his client were false.

(with agency inputs)

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