Allahabad (Agencies): Controversial Samajwadi Party MLA Vijay Mishra, arrested in connection with last year's bomb attack on a cabinet minister in BSP-ruled Uttar Pradesh, was on Thursday remanded to judicial custody for 60 days by a special court here.

Special Judge (Gangster Act) Rajiv Lochan Mehrotra passed the order after which Mishra, who was arrested from Delhi on Tuesday and brought here on transit remand, was taken to the high-security Naini central jail on the outskirts of the city.

The stringent Gangsters Act was invoked against Mishra in October last year following an alleged confession by one Rajesh Pilot who is believed to have engineered the bomb blast outside state cabinet minister Nand Gopal Nandi's residence here on July 12 which killed two persons besides injuring the minister grievously.

Pilot had reportedly the police that he was hired by Mishra, who represents Gyanpur seat in neighbouring district of Sant Ravidas Nagar, for eliminating Nandi with whom the SP MLA had been involved in a long-standing business and political rivalry.

The alleged disclosure had led to intensifying of the search for Mishra who has been named in more than a dozen criminal cases across Uttar Pradesh and had been on the run ever since a case was registered against him in connection with a firing incident at a rally during the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

The state government raised the reward on his head from Rs 15,000 to Rs 2.5 lakh even as the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh police conducted raids in various parts of the country to nab the MLA who was arrested in Delhi on February 8.