A magistrate visited Tunda in hospital and remanded him to custody till September 7.    Tunda was scheduled to appear before the court on Saturday after expiry of his four-day police custody. He was admitted to AIIMS on Friday.

70-year-old Tunda, was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border last Friday, and was admitted to Safdurjung hospital on August 22 after he complained of chest pain. However, keeping in view the specialised care and security concerns, he was shifted to AIIMS the very next day and was admitted in the Intensive Cardiac Care Unit.

A Delhi court on August 20 had remanded Tunda to four day police custody for questioning him in connection with 37 bomb blast cases across the country.

The police had told the court that Tunda was a declared proclaimed offender in a case of recovery of explosive substances lodged in 1994 at south Delhi's Malviya Nagar police station under the provisions of stringent anti-terror law TADA.

During the proceedings, which had been held in-camera, after a lawyer interrupted it, Tunda had told the court that he was "innocent" as he had not motivated anyone to kill women and children by exploding bombs.

Tunda is one of 20 terrorists India had asked the Pakistan government to hand over after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and is suspected to be involved in 40 bombings in the country. He is the first in the list to be arrested.

(Agencies)

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