The NIA has filed its chargesheet in the Darbha attack case in which 27 persons, including senior most Congress leaders of Chhattisgarh, were killed in a Maoist ambush in Bastar district last May.
It was the biggest ever Maoist attack on a political convoy in the country in which then PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel, former state Leader of Opposition Mahendra Karma and former Central Minister V C Shukla were killed.
The NIA has named as many as 157 accused in the case, of which nine have been arrested so far. The chargesheet was presented before a special NIA court of Justice Mahadev Katulkar in Bilaspur last week. Subsequently, the court sent all the arrested accused to judicial custody.
Of the named accused, 10 have already surrendered and hence were not arrested.The next hearing is on November 20 when charges will be framed.