CBI seeks Gupta's custody in Mecca masjid blast case

Hyderabad: After getting custody of Devender Gupta, an accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, CBI today filed a petition before a local court seeking custodial interrogation of another accused Lokesh Sharma.

Gupta and Sharma were brought to Hyderabad by CBI from Ajmer on June 17, as part of further investigation into the Mecca Masjid blast that had left nine persons dead on May 18, 2007.

The premier investigating agency, which is probing the Mecca Masjid blast, had registered a case on June 9, 2007 under various sections of IPC and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act and has so far named five persons (all having links with RSS) including Gupta and Sharma as accused in the case.

Gupta is presently under custody of CBI till June 30 while the Test Identification Parade (TIP) of Sharma was conducted on June 26 at the Chanchalguda jail here, wherein two witnesses identified him.

After completion of TIP, the CBI now prayed the XIV ACMM court to remand Sharma to custody with CBI for a period of 15-days, saying questioning of Sharma can throw more light and help in investigations to arrive at the truth in the case.

The court has posted the matter for tomorrow.