Mumbai Police's plan to get early custody of LeT memberAbu Jundal alias Syed Zabiuddin, the handler of those who executed the Mumbai terror attack of November 2008, may not materialize as Delhi police plan to tell a local court that they require more time for his custodial interrogation.
Sources in Delhi Police said they are preparing a reply to be submitted in the court in which the need for his further custodial interrogation to unravel the Lashker-e-Taiba network across India would be highlighted.
The sources said 30-year-old Jundal, who is a resident of Beed district of Maharashtra, would be able to give a deep insight into the functioning of various offshoot modules of Simi that had joined LeT.
Mumbai Police had approached the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate in Delhi with an application and a request letter issued by a Mumbai court for producing Jundal before it.
"In view of the letter of Additional CMM 37th Court, Mumbai, it is humbly prayed that a direction be kindly issued to produce the accused person (Abu Jundal) before it," Mumbai Police said in its application.
Mumbai police's crime branch wants Jundal in connection with the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
However, Delhi Police expressed their reservation to the Union home ministry as well for handing him over to Mumbai police, the sources said.
National Investigation Agency, which has registered a case against US-citizen and Lashker terrorist David Headley and Pakistani-Canadian Tahawwuur Rana, is likely to get the custody of Abu Jundal after Delhi Police.