Delhi HC blast: Judicial custody extended

New Delhi: The judicial custody of Wasim Akram Malik, arrested for his alleged role in the blast outside the Delhi High Court premises in September last year, was on Tuesday extended by two weeks by a court here.

District Judge H S Sharma extended Malik's judicial custody till February 14 in an in-camera proceeding after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said the probe in the case was going on, court sources said.

Sources said handwriting specimens of Malik was again taken by a magistrate on Tuesday.

Earlier, the court had allowed the NIA's plea to secure handwriting specimens of Malik, a student of Unani medicine in Bangladesh, after which he was produced before a magistrate.

The probe agency had dubbed Malik as a 'key link' in the conspiracy behind the blast outside gate number 5 of the Delhi High Court which killed 17 persons and injured over 90.

The court had yesterday extended the judicial custody of co-accused Amir Abbas Dev till February 13.

Dev, a Jammu and Kashmir native, was arrested by the NIA for allegedly sending terror e-mails to media groups after the September 7 blast last year.

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 trial and makes him liable for prosecution for perjury if he does so.