Mumbai: The Bombay high court on Monday granted bail to Javed Majeed, an accused in the Aurangabad arms haul case, after he spent seven years in jail. He was facing charges of parking an explosives-laden car in Malegaon. The car was driven from Aurangabad highway to Malegaon by the 26/11 handler, Abu Jundal.
Justice Abhay Thipsay delivered his order through video conferencing from a bench of the Bombay high court in Aurangabad. The matter was earlier argued before Thipsay while he was posted in Mumbai. He was later transferred to Aurangabad following which the order was delivered through video conferencing. Majeed, now 35, was directed furnish a surety of Rs 50,000 and to attend the court during the trial. Majeed’s younger brother, Zahid, was earlier arrested in the 2006 Malegaon serial bomb blasts along with eight Muslim youths. Zahid is out on bail since the NIA has arrested a group of Hindu radicals for the blasts.
The Maharashtra ATS on May 9, 2006, had allegedly chased an explosive laden vehicle and arrested three persons. Later, 18 more arrests followed. Police had seized 43kg RDX, 16 AK-47 rifles, 3,200 live bullets and 50 hand grenades from various places. However, Zabihuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, who was driving another explosives-laden car, fled to Malegaon where he met some people and abandoned the vehicle there. Majeed and four others from Malegaon were facing charges of helping Jundal to park the vehicle at a safer place.
The court also said that Majeed should not contact any witnesses in the case. The bail application, prepared by advocate Irfana Hamdani, was moved by advocates Shareef Shaikh and Shaid Nadeem Ansari.
The Times of India, October 22, 2013