Bhatkal was produced before District Judge IS Mehta after expiry of four days of NIA's custody and the probe agency said that he be remanded to judicial custody, as it does not require further custodial interrogation in connection with the case of carrying out various terror strikes in the country.
However, NIA's Hyderabad unit sought permission to arrest Bhatkal in connection with the Dilsukhnagar blast case and also sought two days transit remand to take him to Hyderabad.
"I have pursued the contents of the application filed by senior public prosecutor and the same is allowed. The permission for arresting accused Mohammad Ahmed Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal is granted to CIO/SP NIA Hyderabad and two days transit remand is given to NIA Hyderabad," the judge said, directing the NIA Hyderabad's SP to produce Bhatkal in the concerned court there on or before September 23.
The twin blasts had claimed 16 lives and were triggered by IEDs planted near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar area of Hyderabad on February 21 this year.
Earlier, on September 17, the court had allowed a similar plea of NIA Hyderabad and had sent Bhatkal's close aide Asadullah Akhtar in two days transit remand. Akhtar was also arrested in connection with the Dilsukhnagar blast case.


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