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1993 blasts accused sent to judicial custody

mumbai Updated: Jun 20, 2010 01:27 IST
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The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday told the special Terrorist and Disruptive (Prevention) Activities court that they don’t need the custody of Tahir Merchant alias Taklya, a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.

The Terrorist and Disruptive (Prevention) Activities court remanded Taklya to judicial custody until July 3.

Thirteen powerful blasts had rocked the city on March 12, 1993, killing 257 people and injuring 713 others.

The Central Bureau of Investigation had arrested Merchant on June 8 after the Interpol deported him from Abu Dhabi.

Merchant, a close associate of the prime accused Tiger Memon and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, had allegedly arranged accommodation for those accused who had gone to Pakistan to take arms training in Dubai.

According to the Central Bureau of Investigation, Merchant had also shown videos of the Babri Masjid demolition and the provocative speeches to those who went to Pakistan for arms training.

In 1993, the court had issued a non-bailable warrant against Merchant and declared him as absconding.

Even a red corner notice had been issued against him.

A country can request the Interpol to issue a red corner notice when a criminal evades arrest and escapes from the country.