New Delhi, 17 September
A city court today extended the NIA custody of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal till 21 September after the probe agency said he was involved in "subversive activities" of causing bomb blasts in different parts of India since 2003.
The court extended the custody after Bhatkal and his close aide Asadullah Akhtar were produced before it after expiry of their seven-day NIA custody.
The NIA wanted Akhtar to be remanded to judicial custody.
During the hearing, the NIA sought eight days custody of Bhatkal saying he had travelled to different parts of India in furtherance of the conspiracy to carry out terror strikes.
Its Hyderabad unit moved a separate plea seeking permission to formally arrest Akhtar in connection with the 21 February, 2013 blasts in Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar area.
The court allowed the Hyderabad NIA unit’s plea and sent Akhtar to two days transit remand in connection with the case.