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Court dismisses plea of Delhi serial blasts suspects


New Delhi : The Delhi High Court Wednesday dismissed a petition by two suspects in the Sep 13 serial blasts here challenging their custodial interrogation beyond 15 days.

Justice Kailash Gambhir dismissed the plea of Mohammad Shakeel and Zeeshan Ahmed, who along with three others have been arrested for allegedly carrying out the blasts in the capital.

The duo had Oct 22 approached the court seeking to quash a trial court’s order sending them to police custody till Oct 27.

Counsel Prashant Bhushan appearing for the duo, contended that an accused can be detained for a maximum of 15 days but the trial court had erred by extending their police custody beyond that period.

The petitioners challenged the trial court’s order of Oct 16 by which the five suspected terrorists – Mohammed Saif, Zeeshan Ahmad, Mohammed Shakeel, Zia-ur-Rehman and Saquib Nissar – were remanded in 12 more days in police custody.

Zeeshan and Shakeel were arrested by Delhi Police Sep 19-20.

On Oct 27, all the five accused were handed over to the Gujarat police for their alleged involvement in the serial blasts in Ahmedabad.

Out of the five, Mohammad Saif is at present in the custody of the Rajasthan police, who are probing his role in Jaipur serial blasts in May.

A series of blasts in the capital Sep 13 had claimed 26 lives and injured many more.