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NGO denies legal aid to Abu Jundal

Posted on Dec 08, 12:42PM | UNI

The Jamiat e Ulama, Maharashtra's prominent Muslim NGO, providing free legal aid to over 300 Muslim youths arrested in 34 terrorism-related cases, has turned down request to offer legal aid to Suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative and key 26/11 Mumbai terror attack handler Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal in the Aurangabad Arms Haul Case.

Jundal is an accused in the Aurangabad Arms haul case of 2006.

Gulzar Azmi, legal secretary of Jamiat e Ulama.

Maharashtra, informed that Jindali's mother Rehana and maternal uncle had approached the organization to provide legal aid to defend Ansari in the Aurangabad arms haul case in the designated MCOCA court.

"Ansari's family had sent an application to us seeking legal aid to defend him in the Aurangabad arms haul case. We have rejected the application and will not be defending him," said Azmi.

"As a policy, we do not provide assistance for any person with a criminal background. We offered legal aid to Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin in the 26/11 trial as we felt that they were innocent. The court acquitted them and even the Supreme Court upheld the decision. But in the case of Jindal, our legal team is not convinced of his innocence. Therefore, we have decided to reject his appeal," Azmi added.

Azmi further said the decision of the NGO was communicated to Jindal by the Lawyers of the Jamiat Ansar Tamboli and Adv Shahid Nadeem Ansari while he was produced this afternoon before the designated MCOC Court via Video conferencing from Tihar Jail in Delhi.

In a related development, advocate Aijaz Naqvi today appeared before the court nad said that her mother had instructed him to defend Jindal upon which court asked him to furnish the related papaers and adjourned further hearing till Dec '15.

While talking to his advocate, Jindal said that his name is Zabiudin Ansari and he was falsely implicated in the case and police had obtained his confessional statement on a blank paper and he was forced to sign it.