Saudi Arabia will hold a full-fledged probe into the activities of Fasih Mohammed, accused of being involved in a conspiracy to carry out bomb blasts in Bangalore and Delhi, before handing him over to Indian security agencies.
Riyadh's decision to hold on to the engineer from Bihar is being seen as an indication of Saudi's displeasure at the Indian security agencies going public with the details about another terror suspect Abu Jundal's arrest to embarrass Pakistan.
National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon had last week advised the police and intelligence chiefs against going public with the details of anti-terrorist operations, highlighting that this had the "dangerous propensity of international embarrassment".He had cited the publicity that followed Jundal's arrival in India and the consequent unease in Saudi Arabia which had deported the 26/11 handler as part of enhanced intelligence and security related cooperation.
The Indian intelligence agencies had used Jundal's arrest to embarrass Pakistan, which had unsuccessfully tried to persuade Riyadh to send Jundal to Islamabad.
Fasih's family had earlier moved the Supreme Court after he was allegedly picked up from Al Jubal in May this year.
His family insisted that the detention was part of a joint operation of Indian and Saudi security agencies.
The government initially denied the claim but later — based on formal information from Riyadh — insisted New Delhi wasn't informed about the arrest for as many as 16 days.