Rejecting the bail plea of five Maoists,arrested from Kolkata on February 29 by the Special Task Force(STF) of the Kolkata Police,the city sessions court today gave another 90 days tto the National Investigative Agency (NIA) to file the chargesheet.
The NIA had approached the sessions court to extend the time limit to frame charges from 90 days to 180 days.
The agency took up the investigation on April 16 as instructed by the central home ministry,under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,(UAPA) 1967.
NIA counsel Ashoke Kumar Mondal,stating legal provisions of the UAPA,urged the court to extend the period for filing the chargesheet.
According to the FIR,the STF had arrested two alleged hardcore Maoists Sadanala Ramakrishnan and Dipak Kumar from Kolkata along with their three aides Bapi Mudi,Sambhu Charan Pal and Sukumar Mondal. Ramakrishnan,who is from from Andhra Pradesh and Dipak Kumar from Chhattisgarh,had allegedly come to Kolkata to hatch a criminal conspiracy against the state. The STF claimed to have recovered components used to make rocket launchers and sketches from their possession.
Citing the reason behind delay in filing the chargesheet,the NIA counsel said another person had been held in Maharashtra in connection with the arrest of the five Maoists. Therefore,more time was required to file the chargesheet since the Maoist links of several states like were involved,he said.