Judicial custody of the alleged caretaker of a Jamia Nagar house, where suspected militants accused of carrying out the recent serial blasts in New Delhi were killed in an encounter, was extended by 14 days by a Delhi court on Monday.
Metropolitan Magistrate Praveen Singh sent Abdul Rehman to jail for another 14 days till October 20 after the accused and alleged caretaker of L-18 Batla House flat was produced on the expiry of his remand.
Rehman, a stenographer of Uttar Pradesh Public Works Department, was arrested on the complaint of flat-owner Mohsin Nissar, who is an engineer in the same department, that the accused forged his signature in the lease deed while giving away the flat to the two suspected terrorists on rent.
Earlier, the court on September 24 had dismissed his bail plea on the ground that the allegations were grave and the probe was at an initial stage.
"In view of the seriousness of the offences alleged, its effect on society and the drastic consequences, which have ensued, I am not inclined to grant bail to the present accused," the MM had said.
The court had taken note of the fact that the tenants, including Mohd Atif, who was killed in the encounter, were allegedly involved in the synchronised serial blasts that killed 26 persons in the Capital on September 13.
Earlier, M S Khan, counsel for the accused, alleged that the police have failed to produce the original lease deed, a crucial piece of evidence, which was allegedly forged by Rehman.
Rehman's son Zia-ur-Rehman and Shakir Nishar and Shakil are presently being quizzed by the Delhi police in custody in connection with the blasts. Two others -- Mohd Saif and Zeeshan -- were also arrested in the case.