KOCHI: The move to produce Indian Mujahideen (IM) founder-member Abdul Subhan Qureshi as part of the Wagamon SIMI camp case has been postponed to April 24. The NIA court had issued a warrant to produce Qureshi from Tihar jail on Tuesday.Qureshi, the 35th accused, was nabbed by the Delhi Police in January from the outskirts of the national capital.
“We had communicated with the Tihar jail officials to produce him in Kochi on Tuesday. However, a police team from Surat took him to Gujarat as part of a probe into the Ahmedabad serial blasts case. He will be available only by April 20 and we have requested the court to issue another warrant to produce him to Kochi on April 24,” an NIA officer said.
After receiving the court warrant, it will be forwarded to the Tihar jail officials. “Once the warrant is issued, the Delhi Police will have to bring Qureshi to Kochi. The Kerala Police will make the security arrangements. Once produced, his arrest will be recorded. We will file a petition seeking his custody,” the officer said.Qureshi was the SIMI treasurer when the Wagamon armed training camp was held from December 10 to 12, 2007, at Thangalpara in Wagamon. Hence, Qureshi’s interrogation will be vital for the NIA to unearth details about the funding sources behind the camp. He was also wanted in various terrorist cases across the country.
Meanwhile, the final hearings in the Wagamon SIMI camp case commenced at the NIA court here on Monday. Earlier, the court had scheduled the final hearings on April 2, 3, 9 and 10. On Tuesday, the court heard from the NIA prosecutor about evidences in the case. The verdict is expected to be delivered before the end of next month.
The NIA court had examined 77 prosecution witnesses as part of the trial. As many as 35 accused are facing trial. There are a total of 38 accused, of whom Wasiq Billa is still absconding.