New Delhi: A special court in Chennai on Friday sentenced a Sri Lankan national Sakir Hussain, who was working on behalf of Pakistan's spy agency ISI, to five years in jail for conspiring to carry out terror strikes at the US and Israeli consulates in South India.
NIA had filed a charge sheet against Hussain and two others in October this year for being involved in circulation of fake currency and plans to carry out terror strike at the US consulate in Chennai and Israeli consulate in Bangalore.
Hussain pleaded guilty before the designated court in Chennai, which had taken the case for framing up of charges yesterday, and admitted to charges filed against him by NIA.
The court sentenced Hussain to five years of imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 1000 under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and other sections of Indian Penal Code, an official spokesman said.
Hussain was arrested on a tip-off from Intelligence Bureau by Tamil Nadu police. After his arrest, sleuths recovered a laptop in which a detailed plan of carrying out suicide attack on the two consulates had been mailed to a Pakistani diplomat Amir Zubair Siddiqui in Colombo.
Siddiqui has since been sent out of Colombo.
NIA had taken over the case from Tamil Nadu police and carried out a detailed investigation into the matter after registering a case against Hussain for alleged criminal conspiracy to commit terrorist acts targeting a foreign consulate located in South India as well as to circulate high quality fake Indian currency notes and thereby threatening the security and monetary stability of the country.
After a probe, NIA filed a charge sheet on October 23 against Hussain, Sivabalan and Mohammad Saleem.
Investigation by NIA had established that the accused were involved in a criminal conspiracy for committing terrorist acts and threaten the monetary stability of India.
The other two have pleaded not guilty and have expressed willingness to contest the case.