NIA court frames charges against terrorist Abu Jundal
A National Investigation Agency (NIA) court has framed charges against arrested Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Sayyed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal on charges of carrying out terrorist acts against India, an official said on Friday.
Jundal, booked by the NIA on June 8, 2012 after his arrest following his extradition from Saudi Arabia, was also framed by the Patiala House Court on January 10 for allegedly making efforts to recruit Muslim youths for jihad.
The trial court has fixed January 31 to hear the prosecution evidence.
The NIA, which filed a chargesheet against Jundal on April 4, 2013, found that Jundal hatched a conspiracy with senior LeT functionaries in Pakistan in 2010 to recruit youngsters from India for terrorist activities.
The agency found that the conspiracy was hatched after the 2008 Mumbai terror attack which left 166 people dead.
"The perpetrators also conspired to promote enmity between different groups on grounds of religion. In pursuance of the conspiracy, Jundal had opened various Facebook accounts in fictitious names to hide his identity as he was declared a proclaimed offender in the Aurangabad arms haul case," an NIA official said.