New Delhi: Three suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives, arrested for their alleged involvement in a conspiracy to carry out terror activities across the country, were on Thursday remanded to judicial custody till September 2 by a special NIA court here.
Accused Tehsin Akhtar, Zia-Ur-Rahman and Faizan Ahmed Sultan were produced before District Judge I S Mehta on expiry of their judicial custody and National Investigation Agency (NIA) moved a plea seeking extension of their custody on the ground that their probe into the case was going on.
The judge, after hearing the submissions of NIA, said, "I have perused the application. The aforesaid three accused persons are sent to judicial custody till September 2".
Meanwhile, the court kept pending the plea filed earlier by the Mumbai Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) seeking custody of Tehsin and Pakistani national Zia-ur-Rahman in connection with the terror cases lodged against them there.
Tehsin was arrested on March 25 near Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling district of West Bengal while Zia-Ur-Rahman was apprehended outside Ajmer railway station on March 22 by the Special Cell of Delhi Police.
NIA had later taken their custody in connection with the case.
Sultan was arrested by NIA on May 2 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here after he was deported from Sharjah.
According to NIA, Sultan was wanted in various cases in India for allegedly conspiring to wage war against the country, raising funds for terrorist acts and recruitment of persons for the banned terror group. An Interpol Red Corner notice was issued against him to secure his provisional arrest in Sharjah.
The special court had earlier allowed NIA`s plea seeking extension of time by three more months to complete its probe against Tehsin and Zia-Ur-Rahman in the case.
The agency had filed two chargesheets in the case against nine suspected IM operatives, including its co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his close aide Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, who were arrested by NIA on August 28 last year in the case relating to a larger conspiracy of the IM to carry out terror activities across the country.