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Court gives NIA more time to wrap up probe against IM men

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 02, 2014
First Published: 23:36 IST(2/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:40 IST(2/8/2014)

A Delhi court on Saturday allowed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) three more months to complete its investigation against two men suspected of being top Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives and establish their role in carrying out alleged terrorist activities across the country.

District judge IS Mehta extended the investigation period from 90 to 180 days stating that the court was satisfied that the probe cannot be completed in 90 days with regards to Tehsin Akhter and Zia-ur-Rahman.

The court also dismissed the bail applications of Tehsin and Zia-ur-Rahman alias Waqas.

The NIA, in its application, had told the court that both suspects were “still conspiring” to carry out terror strikes at prominent places in India, especially the national Capital, with the aid of their Pakistan-based handlers.

It, however, did not elaborate as to how the two accused, who have been under the custody since their arrest in March this year, were still conspiring to commit terrorist acts.

NIA has also said they have sent letters rogatory to Nepal for collection of reliable evidence against the IM men and contacted competent authorities in the UAE as the accused used to receive money from there for their alleged terror activities.

The agency also told the court that a request has been sent to the USA for e-mail details of the accused.

The court also allowed a plea of ATS, Lucknow, seeking permission to record the statements of arrested IM co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, his aide Assadullah Akhtar, Tehsin and Zia-ur-Rahman in Tihar Jail in connection with cases lodged against them in Uttar Pradesh.


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