HC blast: Suspect’s judicial custody extended

New Delhi: The judicial custody of suspected terrorist Amir Abbas Dev, arrested for his alleged role in the September 7 blast outside the Delhi High Court premises, was extended on Monday by another two weeks by a Delhi court.

Dev was produced before Additional Sessions Judge Neena Bansal Krishana after the expiry of his judicial custody remand.

The court extended Dev's judicial custody till January 30.

Another co-accused Wasim Akram Malik, now lodged in judicial custody, would be produced before the court tomorrow.

Dev, a native of Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on the charge of sending terror e-mails to media groups after the September 7 blast, which killed 17 people and injured over 90 others.

A magistrate had earlier recorded Dev's statement under Section 164 of the CrPC in an in-camera proceeding. A statement recorded by a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC bars the accused from resiling from it on his depositions during the trial and make him liable for prosecution for the offence of perjury if he does so.

The probe agency has said Wasim Akram Malik is a 'key link' in the conspiracy behind the blast outside gate number 5 of the High Court.