One of the men arrested from Pune early this month for alleged links with terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) wants to turn approver.
Mohammad Mansoor Peerbhoy, a 31-year-old former principal software engineer with Yahoo! India arrested by the Crime Branch of the city police, expressed the desire to the court in writing last week.
He said he would bare the role of 19 of his associates in a series of terror attacks across the country since 2005. The court admitted the application and asked the prosecution to file its reply on the next date of hearing on October 29.
JCP, Crime, Rakesh Maria said on Sunday he was aware of the application made by Peerbhoy where he wanted to make a confessional statement and assist the prosecution.
“We are in the process of examining the application and will file our say on the stipulated date,” he said.
The alleged IM operatives had been arrested in two separate batches and slapped with charges ranging from running an organised crime syndicate to participating in terrorist activities — sending threat mails, making bombs, planting and detonating these.
Many of the blasts that took place in the period were always suspected to be the IM’s handiwork, including the devastating New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad ones. Now the willingness of one of the arrested to turn approver strengthens the case.
On Tuesday, Peerbhoy made the handwritten application to the designated Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court through his advocate. The move not only surprised the prosecution but also the 19 alleged IM operatives who were produced along with him for the extension of their police remand.
Designated Judge R.V. Avchat even asked Peerbhoy if his decision was out of his own volition or he was under pressure from some direction. Peerbhoy announced it to be completely a voluntary decision and that he was under no duress.
Though the suave IT professional appeared a bit bewildered, his words defied his appearance. “I know very well what I am doing,” he had said.