The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday moved an application before the court of Kanchan Mahi here seeking extension in the judicial custody of the prime accused in the Samjhauta blast case,Rajinder Chaudhary,to 180 days. The application has been listed for hearing on March 26.
The NIA moved the application through special public prosecutor,R K Handa,stating that under Section 43 (D) sub section (b) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Act,2008,it is provided that in case the investigation is not completed within a period of 90 days,the court,if it is satisfied with the report of the public prosecutor indicating the progress of the investigation and the specific reasons for the detention of accused beyond the period of 90 days,can extend the period of judicial custody upto 180 days.
The 90-day judicial custody of Rajender Chaudhary was completed here on Thursday.
The NIA submitted before the court that the investigation of the case is at a crucial stage and is spread over the different states and the origin of the explosives used,traveling records of the accused persons from Madhya Pradesh to New Delhi,records pertaining to stay at New Delhi,details of communication used during the pre and post bomb explosion and the bank records of the accused persons need to be collected.
Handa further submitted before the court that in case the extension of the time of the judicial custody is not granted by the court it will hamper the investigation and if Rajender Chaudhary is set free the co-accused can further get alerted and may escape the clutches of law.
The NIA also submitted before the court that the complicity of Rajender Chaudhary has also surfaced in the case and that the accused had played a key role as a planter of the bombs.
Chaudhary who was arrested on December 15 last year was remanded to police custody upto December 28 following which his judicial custody was extended at Central Jail,Haryana.
The NIA court also issued notice in the application moved by other accused,Kamal Chauhan,that he may be allowed to go for MRI test at a private hospital on his own expenses for a treatment of his disc pain.
Through his counsel,Naveen Kaushik,Chauhan also asked for the status report of the investigation linking his involvement to the blast case and also asked that in compliance of Section 19 of the NIA act the trail of the case be conducted on a day-to-day basis.