The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has got another 90 days for filing a charge sheet against Kamal Chauhan, an accused in the Samjhauta Express blasts case.
A total of four bombs were planted in the India-Pakistan train, and in two explosions, 68 people died when the train was near Panipat on its way to Lahore on February 18, 2007.
Chauhan is alleged to have planted one of the bombs and was arrested on February 12 this year.
In routine cases, 90 days are given for filing charge sheets. But under the NIA Act, the agency can get an additional 90 days with permission from the court.
During the resumed hearing of the case on Tuesday, the defence counsel also sought time to file a rejoinder to the NIA’s reply on illegal custody of Chauhan. The next hearing was thus scheduled for May 29.
Chauhan’s father Radhey Shyam has moved an application stating that NIA kept his son in illegal detention from February 10 to 12 before claiming that he had been arrested from Noida. He has also submitted an application that he sent to the in-charge of Depalpur police station in Indore, to which the station house officer (SHO) replied that the NIA had taken Chauhan from there on February 10.
Radhey Shyam has also alleged that his son was subject to custodial violence by the NIA. But the NIA has denied the allegations.