A former delivery company worker has been cleared of helping to supply cash, arms and military equipment to a terror group allegedly linked to al Qaida.

Palvinder Singh was said to have visited a body armour factory in Canada, arranged shipments of goods to Pakistan, and had huge sums passing through his bank account.

But the 30-year-old, of Freeman Street, Coventry, told London's Snaresbrook Crown Court that there was an innocent explanation for everything.

After insisting he had never heard of Lashkar-eTayyiba - the so-called Army of the Righteous regarded as one of the largest and best-trained groups opposing Indian control of Kashmir - he explained the only reason he was in the dock was because of his childhood friend.

Singh, who said he would "grass on anyone" supporting terrorism, maintained that w hile he had allowed Mohammed Ajmal Khan to use both his bank accounts and his debit and credit cards as a favour, he never knew what the money was being used for.

"I have no idea where it came from but it had nothing to do with me," he said.

During further questioning he said he had always believed the trip to Canada was simply a fabric bulk buying expedition.

The jury trying the sixweek trial took just over four hours to acquit Singh of conspiracy.

Khan (30) of Broad Street, Coventry, has admitted his role and is due to be sentenced at a later date.

Opening the case, Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, said Lashkar-e-Tayyiba was involved in operating training camps in Pakistan "for young Muslim men from everywhere in the world".

He added: "When they go to join in the fight in that part of the world, which involved fighting in Afghanistan, they are just boys from America or the UK and they need to be trained into the best that can be made of them, as soldiers or terrorists."

The barrister said the Crown's case was that Khan was a "person of authority" in the group.

He claimed that between 2000 and 2003, Singh was effectively used as "cover" to hide some of Khan's suspicious activities.

As a Sikh and not a Muslim, he would, perhaps, be viewed with "less suspicion".

Mr Edis said the large payments into the defendant's bank account by "unknown persons" came from all over the country.

He alleged Singh also paid £555 for Khan's hang-gliding lessons - possibly with a view to be able to traverse mountain ranges.

He suggested that, together with the payment for the delivery of the Kevlar to Islamabad, were among several pointers to "clear, inescapable, unequivocal evidence of supporting terrorism".

During his evidence, Singh said of the terror group: "I would not support them... I would grass anyone like that up and tell the police.

"If someone said they were in some kind of terrorist organisation, I would think and tell the cops what this person is saying to me."

Asked if that included his close friend, Khan, Singh replied: "Even if it was my brother."