Indore, February 27: The special court of CBI on Monday sentenced life imprisonment to former chief of Islamic Movement of India's (SIMI) Safdar Nagori, his brother Kamruddin Nagori and nine others on the charges of sedition and indulging in terrorist activities. The court held Nagori guilty on charges of terror and ordered him to serve the rest of his life in jail.
Interestingly, the CBI court delivered the verdict through video conferencing as all convicts including Nagauri are presently lodged in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati jail in Gujarat. A special CBI Judge BK Paloda delivered the judgment in the presence of the public prosecutor, police and one of the accused Munroz Jaman who had been granted bail by the Supreme Court.
Apart from Munroz, Safdar Nagori, Kamruddin Nagori, Amil Parvez, Hafiz Hussain, Peedical Shivli, Peedical Shaduli, Ansar, Kamran, Ahmed Baig, Mohammad Yasin were convicted under relevant sections of the Arms Act, Explosive Substances Act, Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (prevention) Act, for sedition, possession of illegal arms, ammunition and explosives and plotting terror activities.
Importantly, the prosecution will appeal in the high court and seek a death sentence. Nagori too would appeal seeking quashing of the trial court verdict. The prosecution also argued that Nagori and his men had planned on carrying out terror strikes in several parts of the country. It was said that he had decided to avenge the ban that was imposed on the SIMI in 2002.
Notably, Nagori along with 10 other SIMI operatives were arrested by the Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist squad on March 28, 2008. ATS also recovered arms, ammunition, radical literature and explosives from a farmhouse in Choral where SIMI activists allegedly used to train its members in physical exercise, combat and organization philosophy. However, SIMI was earlier put on the list of banned outfits by the Centre over its role in terror activities.