Mumbai: The mastermind of 26/11 Mumbai attacks – Sayyed Zabiuddin alias Abu Jundal along with other convicts of the infamous 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, will approach Bombay High Court to challenge the verdict pronounced by a special court. This move of the Lashkar-e-Toeba (LeT) operative and his accomplices come after a special court sentenced them, last week.
It may be recalled that a special Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) court granted lifetime imprisonment to Jundal and six others on August 2. The court also granted 14-years imprisonment to two convicts while three other were sentenced to eight years imprisonment.
The special court, which pronounced its judgment after trying the case for nearly a decade, had convicted 12 of the 22 accused in the case and also dropped the stringent MCOCA charges, earlier on July 28.
Apart from Jundal, Mohammed Aamir Sheikh, Bilal Ahmed, Afroz Khan, Sayed Akif, Mohammed Aslamn Kashmiri and Faizal Ataur Rehman were also named in the list of convicts getting life term.
Of the 12 convicts in the case, Dr. Mohammed Sharif and Mohammed Mujaffar Tanvir were sentenced for 14 years imprisonment with a fine of Rs 20, 000 each while Mushtaq Ahmed, Javed Ahmed and Afzal Khan were sentenced for eight years imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 20, 000.
“We will approach the Bombay High Court by this month and challenge the order of conviction, pronounced by the special MCOCA court,” said Asif Naqvi, the advocate who represents the convicts including Jundal.
The case is of May 2006, wherein the State’s Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) chased a Tata Sumo along with an Indica car, on the Chandwad-Manmad Highway near Aurangabad and recovered around 30 kg RDX, 10 AK-47 rifles and more than 3,000 bullets from the accused.