The special designated NIA court extended here on Thursday the judicial custody of Samjhauta Express blast case accused Swami Aseemanand till June 7.
The National Investigation Agency which is probing the case, assured the court that a chargesheet would be filed against him before the next date of hearing. The hearing in the case took place through video-conferencing with the accused lodged in central jail in Ambala.
It may be recalled that the bail plea of Swami Aseemanand was rejected by a sessions court here on May 12, in which he had denied having made any statement to the NIA about his involvement in the Samjhauta blast case and had charged the NIA with pressurising and torturing him mentally and physically to extract a statement from him.
Earlier on May 7, a CBI court at Jaipur, Rajasthan, had also rejected his bail plea in the 2007 Ajmer Dargah blast case. It may be recalled that 68 people, mostly Pakistanis, were killed in Samjhauta Express blast, near Panipat'. Aseemanand was also an accused in several other blast cases across the country, including those at Hyderabad's Mecca Masjid and Malegaon. He was arrested by the CBI last year from Haridwar for his alleged role in the Mecca Masjid blast case.