New Delhi: The
National Investigation Agency (NIA) Thursday got till Oct 5 the
custody of a man suspected to have a hand in the Sep 7 Delhi
blast, a day after he was brought to the capital from Jammu and
Abid Hussain, who along with Shariq Ahmed and Amir Abbas Dev, was
brought here by the NIA team Wednesday on three days' transit
remand from Kashmir, was presented in the court of Additional
Sessions Judge H.S. Sharma.
Hussain was brought to the Patiala House district court complex
around 8.30 a.m. and presented before the judge for the in-camera
"The proceedings went on for around 45 minutes. During the
proceedings, the judge asked Hussain about his age, to which he
replied that he was a major, not minor. His certificate did not
carry his date of birth," said a court staffer.
"The NIA sought 15 days' remand to unearth the conspiracy in the
Sep 7 blast," said the staffer. The court granted the NIA his
custody till Oct 5.
Another suspect, Amir Abbas Dev, was sent to judicial custody for
a day. "He did not have a lawyer for defence. He has been sent to
Tihar Jail. He will be presented before the court Friday," said
Amit Sharma, NIA counsel.
Shariq Ahmed, the third man arrested and brought from Jammu and
Kashmir, is expected to be presented in court later.
The blast at the Delhi High Court killed 15 people.
In Jammu and Kashmir, Dev, arrested Sep 16, was remanded in police
custody for seven days, while Ahmed and Hussain were arrested Sep
13 and sent to police custody for 10 days.
The accused have been booked under Sections 120-B (criminal
conspiracy), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on
grounds of religion, race or language and doing acts prejudicial
to maintenance of harmony) and 134-A (attack on government servant
on duty) of the Indian Penal Code.
The NIA has announced a reward of Rs.10 lakh for anybody giving
information about those who hatched plans for and engineered the