A suspected aide of Pakistan-based Jammat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Sayeed was today charged by a Delhi court with the offences of recruiting young men as members of the LeT to carry out terrorist activities in the country.
The framing of charges against Madni marks the beginning of the trial against him. The court fixed August two as the date for recording statement of witnesses against the accused who denied the charges and expressed his willingness to contest them during the trial.
Mohd Umer Madni, 51, was also charged with the offence of conspiring for commission of terrorist act here with his Pakistan-based mentors Sayeed and Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi.
Additional Sessions Judge Bimla Kumar found prima facie evidence against Madni and charged him with the offences including being member of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The court also framed charges against Madni with the offence of being in possession of fake currency under the IPC as he was carrying fake money with the face value of Rs 25,000.
Madni, who hailed from Bihar and obtained Nepalese citizenship, had also allegedly carried US Dollars 8,000 and Rs 4017 Nepali currency, which were to be used for terror activities.
Delhi police's Special Cell arrested Madni from Qutub Minar area here on June four, last year.
According to the police, Madni was working on "talent spotting for terrorist activities, sending them for training to Lashkar camps in Pakistan and launching them in India."
Madni allegedly in touch with top operatives of LeT, including Hafiz Saeed who asked him to recruit youngsters from the four main metros in India for terror training.
He is also facing charges in Kolkata after his name surfaced following busting of a fake currency racket there.