Chennai, Nov 29 :  Dawood Suleiman, the key leader of Al Qaeda-inspired “Base Movement” module who was arrested in connection with his alleged role over a series of blasts in court complexes in South India, wanted to wage jihad against the country, an NIA special public prosecutor said today. “This was jihad… He (Suleiman) wanted to wage jihad. Several sections under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, Explosives Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act have been invoked against him,” Special Public Prosecutor, NIA C S S Pillai told PTI after moving a plea in a court here today for the accused’s transit remand.

After the XI Metropolitan Magistrate Court here granted transit remand for Suleiman, who was produced before it, he was taken by NIA sleuths to Bengaluru by a 7.30 pm flight. 23-year-old Suleiman had done B Tech in an engineering college in Erode, an NIA official said, adding he had allegedly confessed to planting a bomb in the Mysuru court.

He had also allegedly participated in other illegal activities of the group and will be produced before the 49th Additional City Civil and Sessions Court in Bengaluru, the official said. According to an NIA release yesterday, Suleiman, a native of Madurai who was residing and working in a software firm here, was the main leader of the terrorist gang. He was arrested by a team of NIA officials led by Superintendent of Police, NIA L R Kumar yesterday.