Delhi court extends IM suspect’s NIA custody

NIA-gets-custodyNew Delhi, (IANS) A court here on Friday extended the National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody of a suspected senior operative of the Indian Mujahideen, Abdul Wahid Siddibapa, by seven days.

Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Pandit allowed the NIA to quiz Siddibapa and ordered it to present the accused in court again on June 4, the next date of hearing.

The NIA told the court that during his custodial interrogation, Siddibapa disclosed a few financial transactions, including one in Dubai.

Seeking further remand of 15 days, the NIA said Siddibapa’s custody was required to verify the financial transaction in Dubai and he had to be taken to various places.

Siddibapa’s counsel M.S. Khan opposed the plea.

Siddibapa, described as the financial brain of the terror outfit, lived in Maqdoom colony in Bhatkal in Karnataka. He was arrested on the charge of conspiring to stage terror attacks at various places in India.

From Dubai, Siddibapa allegedly recruited Indian youth for the Indian Mujahideen and funded their activities.

The NIA alleged that Siddibapa had been in touch with other Indian Mujahideen operatives through electronic communication.

A Red Corner notice was issued against him in December 2013.

Siddibapa was also wanted for his alleged involvement in the July 2006 Mumbai serial blasts, the 2008 Delhi blasts and the 2010 Chinnaswamy Stadium blast in Bengaluru.

He allegedly routed the money using both banking channels and Western Union Money Transfer.

He left for Dubai much before the crackdown on the Indian Mujahideen started in 2008. He was detained in the United Arab Emirates and arrested in January 2014.

Medaram Jathara

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