The Mumbai crime branch wants to take DNA sample of Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal to match it with the articles collected from the fishing trawler used by the 10 terrorists involved in the 26/11 attacks.
A metropolitan court on Tuesday gave further custody of Jundal to the crime branch till August 13.
Seeking custody of Jundal, Ujjwal Nikam, special public prosecutor in the case, argued that the police had obtained several articles from MV Kuber, which were then sent for chemical analysis and DNA testing.
However, during the tests, some of the samples obtained did not match with any of the deceased terrorists or Mohammed Ajmal Kasab Hence, now the police want to ascertain if Jundal's DNA sample was also among those collected from the boat.
Nikam contended that Kasab had, in his confession, revealed that Jundal and other accused had come to see them off while they were leaving for the attack.
Nikam told the court that the Crime Branch wanted to trace the routes taken by Jundal to reach Pakistan after he fled India. Also, the police needed his assistance to arrest those who helped him escape.
The special public prosecutor said Jundal had created e-mail IDs with fictitious names and the police wanted to retrieve those with his help as he was the only who knows the passwords.
He further contended that Jundal had revealed certain sensational information, which the police were verifying and the same could not be made public at this stage as it would hamper the investigation.
The court after considering the arguments and contentions raised by special public prosecutor extended Jundal’s police custody.