The superintendent of Byculla jail, a prison made primarily for women, moved an application before the chief metropolitan magistrate’s court on Monday seeking that Abu Jundal be shifted to another facility for security reasons.
Jundal was sent to judicial custody on Friday after when he expressed willingness to confess his role in the 26/11 terror attack.
Jundal was taken to Byculla jail after authorities deemed that Arthur Road prison might not be conducive for the alleged handler of the 26/11 attack. But the Byculla jail authority moved the application to shift him to another jail soon after the magisterial court extended the judicial custody of Jundal till August 27.
The superintendent pleaded that Byculla jail is not safe enough for Jundal, and stated that the premises of the prison are open and clearly visible from nearby buildings, making it unsafe for Jundal, who has allegedly been providing crucial information about the role of Pakistan authorities as well as Lashkar-e-Taiba in planning and executing the attack on Mumbai in November 26, 2008.
The court sought the opinion of the public prosecutor, Kiran Bendbhar, on which jail Jundal should be kept in. But a decision was kept on hold after the ATS took Jundal’s custody. The court will decide the issue when Jundal’s custody with the ATS ends, and he has to be sent to judicial custody again.