A Metropolitan magistrate’s court on Thursday granted custody of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) operatives Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed to the Crime Branch in connection with murder of the captain and crew of trawler MV Kuber.
The 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26 had come to the city on this trawler.
Public prosecutor Eknath Dhammal argued that the Crime Branch wanted custody of the duo to interrogate them and find out their roles in bringing the trawler to Mumbai and to ascertain if they were involved in the killing of the crew.
Ansari’s lawyer Ejaz Naqvi counter-argued that the CB is already sharing Ansari’s custody with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He added that if custody was granted in this case, then Ansari would be further subjected to questioning by the FBI.
Ansari told court that while in the custody of the CB three foreigners, including a woman, used to interrogate him. “Teen angreezo ne puch tach ki, (Three foreigners had questioned me)” Ansari told the court.
Naqvi also filed an application alleging police misconduct claiming that they didn’t allow Ansari to talk to him despite court permission.
Ansari and Ahmed had been brought to Mumbai from Uttar Pradesh on December 18.