Liyaqat sent to Tihar for 14 days

The National Investigation Agency is expected to move the special NIA court for his custody on Monday.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Published:March 31, 2013 12:55 am

The Delhi Police Special Cell on Saturday produced alleged Hizbul Mujahideen militant Syed Liyaqat Shah before a city court,which sent him to judicial custody till April 12. The National Investigation Agency is expected to move the special NIA court for his custody on Monday.

The NIA reportedly registered a case against Liyaqat and other unnamed Hizbul militants on Friday,after the case was transferred to them for a fair probe by the Ministry of Home Affairs over doubts raised regarding his arrest.

The agency is in the process of seeking documents from the special cell of the Delhi Police which arrested Shah from Gorakhpur on March 21. The agency is also expected to examine the circumstances under which he was arrested.

Shah,who was brought before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mukesh Kumar,told the court that he wanted to be sent to a jail in Jammu so that his family members could meet him. “I can only send you to Tihar jail in Delhi,your family can meet you there,” said the judge. Shah also told the court that he had not engaged a lawyer since he had come from “occupied Kashmir” and did not know anyone in the city. In response to the court’s query,the police personnel accompanying him said that though his brother had come to meet Shah on Friday,the police were “unaware whether he has arranged for a lawyer”.

Shah was initially sent to police custody till April 5,but the police surrendered him to judicial custody since the investigation in the case had been transferred to the NIA.

While the Delhi Police Special Cell has claimed Shah is a Hizbul militant and was planning attacks in Delhi,his family and the J&K government have said he is a surrendered militant who was on his way back from PoK under the state’s rehabilitation policy.

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