Sheikh is one of the three suspects who allegedly provided funds for carrying out the seven blasts that killed 185 people and left over 400 injured. The UK police have asked the CBI to submit details on the case. He allegedly has links to the Lashkar-e-Toiba and Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jehadi-Islam. Sheikh's father was allegedly a member of the Dawood Ibrahim gang. The evidence against Raheel is expected to be presented before a court in Mumbai after which a decision on his extradition can be taken, he said. "We have received the information from the Interpol office in India which is in CBI, Delhi," Gafoor said.
However, the CBI and External Affairs Ministry remained tightlipped on the issue and refused to give any comments on Sheikh's detention.
Raheel, along with Zulfikar Fayyaz Qazi and Zabiuddin Ansari, is suspected to be a key conspirator behind the serial blasts in the metropolis and had set up escape plans weeks before the bombings.
A resident of Mumbai's Grant Road area, Raheel handled communication between these cells and LeT's Pakistan-based commander for operations targeting India.