Charges framed against 21; Jundal’s name not on list yet
A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime (MCOCA) court on Friday framed charges against 21 persons in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.mumbai Updated: Aug 18, 2012 01:59 IST
A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime (MCOCA) court on Friday framed charges against 21 persons in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case.
The court on Friday rejected the prosecution's plea to defer framing of charges till the ATS filed a charge sheet against Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal for his alleged role in the case. Special public prosecutor Raja Thackrey requested the court to wait further to frame charges against all the accused in the case along with Jundal, who was arrested recently.
As per the prosecution's case, in May 2006, the ATS booked 21 persons for carrying a large amount of explosives and arms. The ATS claimed to have seized 43 kg of RDX, 50 hand grenades, 16 AK-47 rifles and over 3,000 live bullets from Chandaud in Aurangabad.
The trial in the arms haul case was stayed by the apex court after one of the accused challenged the constitutional validity of certain provisions of the MCOCA. The apex court had, in May 2009, lifted the stay and the trial was to commence in June 2010.
The prosecution had proposed that the accused be charged for their roles in terror attacks and committing unlawful activities under organisations like Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) with intention to promote disharmony and feelings of enmity. It also alleged that the accused persons received training to handle sophisticated weapons and to build explosives.
The court has charged the accused under the provisions of MCOCA and Arms Act, in addition to provisions of the Indian Penal Code.