In a setback for the National Investigation Agency (NIA),a Panchkula Court on Friday refused to extend the police remand of Kamal Chauhan,the alleged bomb planter in the Samjhauta Express blast case.
Sending Chauhan to judicial custody,the court posted the case for further hearing for March 7.
The NIA had sought 10 days police remand of Chauhan contending,in the in-camera proceedings,that he had revealed certain facts which further need to be investigated.
Special public prosecutors for NIA,Ranjan Kumar Handa and Rajan Malhotra told the court that Chauhan had revealed that he and another accused in the case,Lokesh Sharma,had travelled under fictitious names from Indore to Delhi.
The NIA claimed that Chauhan,disgruntled RSS worker arrested by the investigation agency,had sold a piece of his agricultural land in Indore to arrange funds to buy explosives and other equipment required to carry out the blast. Also,Chauhan had given Rs 1 lakh to another accused in the case,who is still absconding.
NIA counsel demanded police remand stating that Chauhan needs to be interrogated further to find out from where he arranged the funds.