Cuttack: Hearing on sedition charges against suspected al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) operative Abdur Rehman began at the Cuttack District & Sessions Court here today.
While two witnesses were to record their statements at the court today, only one turned up.
The witness identified as Salim Khan, who was a member of the Al Haramain Trust run by Rehman appeared before the court and recorded his statement.
Khan was cross-examined on management and financial affairs of the Trust.
Earlier, the court on September 13 had framed charges against Rehman after rejecting his discharge petition.
He has been charged by the court for sedition, illegal possession of arms and weapons and involvement in illegal activities.
Notably, Rehman, a resident of Paschimkachha in Cuttack district, was arrested by the Delhi Police on December 16, 2015, on charges of radicalizing youths for terror activities.
Later, he was booked under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act after it was detected that he was operating several bank accounts and receiving money from overseas sources.
Rehman, who ran a madrasa in Tangi area near Cuttack, had alleged links with a man involved in a failed car bomb attack at the Glasgow International Airport in 2007, Odisha police had alleged.
Further, the police had also said that he is a member of AQIS.