BENGALURU: The Special Court for cases investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday convicted 13 accused, imposing 5 years' rigorous imprisonment and Rs 3,000 fine on each of them for conspiring with the terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) to eliminate rightwing leaders, police officers and journalists.
The conviction was pronounced after the 13 accused pleaded guilty in the case registered by the city police in 2013, after arriving at a plea bargain. Judge Muralidhara Pai, who heard the applications admitting guilt, pronounced the quantum of punishment in the presence of the accused.
The 13 accused are Shohaib Ahmed Mirza aka Chotu, Abdul Hakeem Jamadar aka Abdul alias Abdullah, Riyaz, Ahmed Byahatti, Hubballi, Mohammad Akram, Bengaluru, Ubedullah Bahadur aka Sameer aka Imran, Vaheed Hussain Kankyanavar, Zafar Iqbal Sholapur aka Zameer, Mohammad Sadiq Lashkar, Mehbood Bagalkot, Hubballi, Obaid-Ur-Rehman aka Obaid aka Harris, Telangana, Dr Nayeem Siddique, Davanagere, Dr Imran Ahmed aka Immu Bhai, Syed Tanzeem Ahmed aka Tanzeen, Bengaluru.
The accused were convicted under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act, Arms Act, Officials Secrets Act and IPC.