The Nampally court on Thursday directed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to produce Bharat Bhai, accused in the Mecca masjid blast case, before the Jaipur court after they take him into custody and again produce him in the same court when the custody comes to an end.
Bharat Bhai is presently lodged in a prison in Ajmer. He was arrested by the NIA earlier in connection with the bomb blast at Ajmer Shareef and now in the Mecca masjid blast case. It is alleged that the entire conspiracy was hatched at Bharat Bhai’s residence. On a petition filed by the NIA, a city court granted 15day custody of the accused to the NIA recently. However, his counsel had opposed the same stating that for an accused to be shifted to police custody, he should be produced before the court in person and not through video linkage, as was done in the case of Bharat Bhai. The arguments bwteeen NIA’s counsel and Bharat Bhai’s counsel, N Ramachandra Rao was heard by the court on Thursday.
Ramachandra Rao argued that Bharat Bhai’s custody to NIA was illegal as neither his client nor he was served any notice before the custody was granted by the NIA. “The accused should be given an opportunity to oppose his custody,” Rao argued.
NIA’s counsel argued that the custody was not illegal since he was already arrested in another case. After hearing both sides, the court directed the NIA to produce the accused before Jaipur court when they take him into custody and also after custody comes to an end.
Meanwhile, sources said that the NIA is likely to bring Bharat Bhai to Hyderabad during the custody. “He will be questioned about the role of other persons who conspired. The whereabouts of two accused is still not known and we will question Bharat Bhai on this,” sources said.Express Buzz