After failing to get 26/11 handler Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal's custody last week, the Mumbai police crime branch will try to convince a Delhi court again on Thursday, when the custody granted to Delhi police's special cell ends. However, there is little likelihood of the crime branch team dispatched on Wednesday succeeding this time either.
A senior crime branch official said the team was sent with a public prosecutor to present their claim for the transfer custody in the November 2008 terror attack case, which the crime branch is investigating. The crime branch was the first to present its claim for the custody of Jundal in the Tees Hazari court in New Delhi when he was deported from the Middle East.
However, sources said the Delhi special cell is likely to seek extension of Jundal's custody and the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has two cases against Jundal, is likely to get his custody after that of the Delhi police expires.
The Mumbai crime branch's case against Jundal in the 26/11 terror attack is based on the statements of convicted Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab, who revealed that Jundal, along with three others, Abu Hamza, Abu Kafa and Zakiur-rehman Lakvi, had come to see off the attackers at a Karachi port in 2008.
Kasab also named Jundal and Lakvi as the ones who had imparted training to the 10 attackers who took part in the 26/11 carnage. Jundal's name also features as a tutor who taught Kasab to speak in Hindi.
When the crime branch gets Jundal's custody, it would match his voice sample with the ones intercepted by the agencies during the 26/11 attack.
Officials said Jundal played a significant role in the destruction of Chabbad House, and his voice was intercepted by Indian agencies while giving instructions to the terrorists during the attack.