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Post acquittal in Mumbai, legal options before Sabahuddin and Ansari

Last updated on: May 04, 2010 14:43 IST
The Uttar Pradesh police had stated on Monday that both Sabahuddin Ahmed and Fahim Ansari, acquitted by the special court in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case, were not off the hook as yet as they would be tried in UP for the attack on the Central Reserve Police Force camp in Rampur in 2007. While Fahim Ansari's misery may end with the Uttar Pradesh trial, Sabahuddin faces another set of legal battles since he has also been chargesheeted in the Indian Institute of Sciences attack case in Bengaluru.

The option these two men have as of now is to seek the release order from the Mumbai court and then seek bail before the Uttar Pradesh court.
Sabahuddin will have to face legal proceedings before a court in Bengaluru, where he has been chargesheeted in the IISc case. He is the second accused in the case after Abu Hamza who was also one of the handlers in the Mumbai 26/11 case.

The Bengaluru police said they were waiting for the trial in the Mumbai case to finish before they now move the court to commence trial against Sabahuddin, who is charged with providing logistical support to the attackers. His advocate Ejaz Naqvi, however, is confident that his client will sail through in both these courts too. "We have the upper hand in the wake of the Mumbai verdict and will use the same defence in the other two cases too," he said.
Vicky Nanjappa