Delhi HC blast: Accused remanded to 11 days JC
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Last Updated: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 22:09
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday sent Aamir Abbas Dev, an accused in the Delhi High Court blast case, to 11 days of judicial custody after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it did not want his custody any more.

Special NIA Judge H S Sharma remanded Dev to jail till October 24 after he was produced following his interrogation in NIA's custody for 20 days in connection with the case.

Dev, a native of Jammu and Kashmir, is accused of sending terror e-mails to media groups after the blast outside the gate of the High Court on September 7. Fifteen persons died and 70 others were injured in the blast.

The outcome of Dev's custodial interrogation was not known as the proceedings were conducted in-camera.

Meanwhile, NIA, which produced Dev a day before the expiry of his police custody, took him before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Amit Bansal to get his statement recorded under section 164 of the CrPC.

The ACMM, however, sent Dev to the court of another magistrate for recording the statement. However, the judge was on leave and now it would be recorded tomorrow.

The statements recorded by a magistrate under the CrPC bind the accused and any U-turn during the trial would make him liable for prosecution for the offence of perjury.

Dev was brought to Delhi on September 21 along with his minor co-accused following their arrest at Kishtwar, Jammu Kashmir.

Earlier, the court had also remanded third accused Wasim Akram Malik, arrested for his alleged involvement in the case, to 14 days of NIA custody.

The accused had allegedly sent emails to media houses claiming responsibility for the blast on behalf of banned terror outfit Harkat ul-Jihad al-Islami (HUJI).

NIA had in its remand application earlier told the court that besides sending terror mails to media houses, Dev was one of the terrorists who had conducted the bomb blast between gate number 4 and 5 of the Delhi High Court.

Dev and Hussain have been booked under various provisions of the IPC, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and the Explosive Substances Act, dealing with conspiracy, murder, attempt to kill, causing hurt and using explosives.


First Published: Thursday, October 13, 2011, 22:09

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