The court sentenced the accused, Zia ul Haq, to seven years of rigorous imprisonment. A cab driver who went to Saudi Arbia in 1990's and was tapped there by ISI who took him to Pakistan for terror training, Haq is also accused of a grenade attack on Hyderabad's Odeon Deluxe theatre in 2006.
The NIA had managed to tap phone calls between Haq and his Pakistan handler Abdul Aziz which had led to his arrest in 2010. Two hand grenades, a cell phone a pistol with magazine and six rounds and other incriminating materials were seized from Haq and a case made out against him under the arms act.
NIA investigations had found that Haq was heading an LeT sleeper module in Hyderabad and had even conducted recconnaissance of various targets. If not arrested, he would have gone on to execute several blasts in the city, said sources. NIA filed a charge sheet in the case in 2010 which also mentioned the names of 13 LeT big-wigs -- inlcuding 26/11 mastermind Zakir-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Muzammil, Abdur Rehman Makki, Abu Syed and eight other Pakistani terrorists and a Bangladeshi national Shydul Islam - as part of the outfit's bigger plan to carry out attacks in Hyderabad and other cities through the module comprising Haq and Aziz. Lakhvi, who was arrested by Pakistan after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, has since been in Rawalpindi jail.
According to NIA, Haq, who had been working in Saudi Arabia since 1996, was influenced by Aziz and others to wage jihad against India. He had gone to Karachi (Pakistan) in early 2002 and then to Muzzafarabad ( PoK) where he joined LeT. He received 45 days' training along with others at the Baitul Mujahideen (LeT training centre in Muzaffarabad) in the use of arms, ammunition and explosives as well as communicating through e-mails.
After completion of training, Haq infiltrated into India through Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir along with other LeT cadres. In furtherance of the conspiracy and as instructed by Aziz, in December 2005, he visited Delhi to collect a consignment of arms, ammunition and explosives.
"The NIA annexed hotel records for the period confirming his visit. A portion of this consignment was used by him in the grenade attack at Odeon Deluxe Theatre on May 7, 2006 in which two persons were injured," said the agency.