A Delhi court extended by 10 days the police custody of three suspected members of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), arrested for allegedly planning an attack in the national capital.
Additional sessions judge Reetesh Singh allowed the cops to further question the accused persons -- Mohd Sajid, Shakir and Sameer -- till May 24 after the police told the court that their custody was required to unearth the larger conspiracy.
The Delhi Police, in its application, sought 15 days of custody of the suspects while submitting before the court that it has recovered a number of WhatsApp messages which need to be verified and the accused were required to be confronted with some Facebook data.
While opposing the police application, advocate MS Khan, appearing for the accused, said that the police had already been granted sufficient time and there was no fresh ground for further custody of his clients.
The court had earlier sent the accused to 10-day police custody after investigators submitted that their custodial interrogation was required to crack their Delhi module.
Police detained around 10 more persons suspected to be linked with a terror group planning an attack in the city and recovered explosives from their possession after a series of overnight raids in Delhi and neighbouring states. However, they were later let off after questioning.
All the three accused were suspected to be members of a sleeper unit of a terror outfit, planning an attack in the national capital and other cities, police said.