Court declines further custody of RSS worker



Panchkula: A special court here on Friday declined the application of NIA seeking further custody of Kamal Chauhan, a disgruntled RSS worker arrested by the investigation agency, in connection with the Samjhauta Express blast.

Sending Chauhan to judicial custody, the court posted the case for further hearing till March seven.

The NIA contended, in the in-camera proceedings, that Chauhan had revealed "certain facts" which further need to be investigated.

The NIA told the court that Chauhan had travelled under fictitious names from Indore to Delhi and was also involved in planting of bombs on the train, CBI prosecutors R K Handa and Rajan Malhotra told reporters outside the court.

The investigating agency also apprised the court that Chauhan had given Rs one lakh to another accused in the case, who is still absconding, Handa said.

Chauhan on previous hearings had told reporters outside the court premises that, "he knows nothing about Aseemanand."

However, on February 14, Chauhan had admitted before media that he had planted bombs on board Samjhauta Express in 2007 that left 68 people, mostly Pakistanis, dead.

Aseemanand too had told media that he did not know Chauhan. Showing no remorse at the previous hearing on February 14, Chauhan had told media that "Yes, I have done it (planting bombs on the train) on my will."

PTI