CBI sources confirmed that the agency arrested Tawade from Panvel around 8.30 pm, and that he would be produced before the sessions court in Pune on Saturday.
The Home Minister said Pakistan should prove that it was not supporting terrorism by allowing the NIA team to visit Pakistan.
NIA has claimed that several incriminating documents and articles like laptop, mobile phones, pen drives and DVDs have been recovered from the possession from the accused.
The NIA chief in an interview said so far there was no evidence to show that Pakistan government or Pakistani government agency helped Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) or Masood Azhar to carry out the attack.
Akolkar, the accused in murder case, is believed to be linked to ‘Sanatan Sanstha’, a Hindu right wing organisation whose headquarters are located in Ponda, Goa.
Chaoba said that newspapers on May 27 carried a news-item based on a press release issued by an outfit called CorCom claiming responsibility for the incident.
K P Sabeer’s whereabouts have reportedly emerged now following investigations around K A Anoop, an alleged associate of Sabeer who was deported from the UAE last month.
Abdul Wahid Siddibapa, a resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka, was held after his arrival from Dubai.
The NIA had started investigating the case following orders from the HC and the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Statement of Ashiq Ahmed — a 19-year-old engineering student from Bengal — along with those of two others, will form part of NIA chargesheet
NIA probe suggests main suspect was indoctrinated months in advance
The twin blasts occurred in the congested Bhikku Chowk on September 29, 2008, on the night of Shab-E-Qadr as residents were out shopping for Eid.
In the second supplementary chargesheet, the NIA dropped charges against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and five other accused.
Avinash Rasal told The Indian Express after this newspaper reported on Friday that the NIA was likely to file a chargesheet watering down the case, he was bombarded with calls.
The NIA chargesheet submitted on Friday, which drops all charges against six of 11 accused, is at sharp variance with what the Maharashtra ATS and the earlier NIA had alleged in its chargesheet.