New Delhi: Syed Anzar Shah, arrested for his alleged involvement with al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), has denied before a court here the charges of conspiring, giving provocative speeches for recruiting Indian youths and establishing a base for the terror outfit.
Claiming innocence before Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh, the accused refuted the terror charge levelled by Special Cell of Delhi Police which is probing the case.
Appearing for Shah, advocate M S Khan on Monday submitted before the court that his client's name had appeared in the statement of a prosecution witness recorded by the court.
"However, the name was absent from the witness' statement given before the police," said the counsel, while arguing on the issue of framing of charges against the accused.
"The police claim that an incriminating letter was given by co-accused Mohd Asif to Shah. However, that letter could not be recovered by the probe agency," he contended.
He termed as baseless the police claim that with the purpose of establishing a base for AQIS, Shah had delivered provocative speeches to motivate youths to join the outfit.
"No transcript, video or any other clip is available in this case," the counsel said.
Shah, along with Mohd Asif, Zafar Masood, Mohd Abdul Rehman and Abdul Sami, was arrested in the case by the police.
They were charged by the agency with offences under the provisions of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). They were arrested between December 2015 and January 2016 from different parts of the country.