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2008 Delhi serial blasts: Bail denied to Yasin Bhatkal, Asadullah

A Delhi court today rejected the bail plea of Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar in connection with a September 2008 Delhi serial blasts case.

The bail plea of the duo was dismissed by Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash, who accepted the application of special cell of Delhi Police give them 15 more days to complete their probe in the case related to a blast at M block market in Greater Kailash-I in New Delhi on September 13, 2008.

The court also issued production warrants for presence of both the accused and ordered the police to bring them in the court on April 3. Both Bhatkal and Asadullah are currently in the custody of Maharashtra ATS.

The special cell requested the court to grant them 15 more days saying that they have received an important input regarding detention of one more suspect who was involved in this blast, outside India.

"Necessary coordination is being established with central intelligence agencies to confirm the identity of this suspect so that necessary legal information for his extradition/ deportation can be taken up expeditiously," police said.

They added that Asadullah has provided them some important information about Ariz Khan, who is also wanted in the case, and the intelligence agencies are trying to nab Ariz.

The bail plea of both the accused was moved by advocate M S Khan. "A question arises for consideration that whether period of investigation can be extended from 90 days to any period not exceeding 180 days under section 43-D of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in the absence of accused," Khan said.

Bhatkal and Akhtar did not appear before the court on Thursday as they are under the custody of Maharashtra ATS in connection with the cases lodged against them there. 13 suspected members of IM are facing trial in the cases of September 2008 Delhi serial blasts that had claimed 26 lives and left 135 people injured.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had detained Bhatkal and Akhtar on the night of August 28, 2013, from Indo-Nepal border.