A Delhi court on Monday sent a former IAF official KK Ranjith, accused under the Official Secrets Act, to jail for 14 days after city police said his interrogation had not given any leads about the ongoing Pathankot airbase terror attack.
The Crime Branch of city police on January 2 secured a time extension to interrogate the former LAC on the basis that he may have information on the attack. However, produced before chief metropolitan magistrate Sanjay Khanangwal at the end of the two-day police custody, the investigating officer said they were not pressing for further interrogation of the 24-year-old as no further lead had come up.
It was also revealed that Ranjith had not been taken to Gwalior or Jaisalmer to be confronted with his alleged associates as asked for in the first hearing after his arrest from Bhatinda Air Force base where he was stationed.
During the hearing, the accused was represented by advocate Simon Benjamin, who pressed applications to receive a copy of the FIR and meet with his client.
“My client was arrested December 28, and still hasn’t seen the charges against him,” Benjamin told court.
To this, the IO Surender Singh Sandhu said he had no objections to providing a copy of the FIR on the day, and it was given to the accused’s lawyer within the hour. He also met with his client to confer legal courses available to him at the Patiala House Court Complex lock up.
Meanwhile, the police was silent as to why Ranjith wasn’t taken to any of the places for which they were granted police custody on the first hearing. Cops, however, said that investigation into the entire network of ISI operatives and the spying nexus is still in its primary stage.