Samajwadi Party leader Dilip Mishra, lodged in Agra jail in a murder case, was today produced before a local court in connection with the bomb attack on an Uttar Pradesh minister last week and remanded to 14 days' judicial custody.
Chief Judicial Magistrate Abdul Jaleel remanded Mishra and his associate Mahendra, a co-accused in the bomb attack case who was brought here from Badaun, to judicial custody till August 2 with the direction that both of them be lodged at the Naini Central Jail near here during this period.
Both the accused had moved applications before the court claiming that they faced threat to their lives from the ruling BSP, following which the CJM also directed the district police to ensure their security.
Mishra has been named as the main accused in an FIR registered in connection with the bomb explosion outiside the residence of Minister for Institutional Finance and Judicial and Stamp Fees Nand Gopal Gupta "Nandi" on July 12.
One person was killed in the blast, while the minister, his gunner and a journalist were seriously injured.
Mishra, who is also the president of Chaka block of the district's trans-Yamuna region, has had a long-standing acrimony with "Nandi.
While Mishra has been lodged in Agra jail for quite some time for murder of his own security personnel, two of his aides actively involved in executing the blast were arrested here last week.
The arrested duo had during interrogation also alleged that the blast was carried out at the behest of Mishra and Mahendra and that a notorious sharp-shooter Rajesh "Pilot" had been hired for making the remote-controlled explosive device.
"Pilot" is yet to be traced by police.