On Monday, NIA had sought 90 more days, after competition of their respective 90 days in custody, up to 180 days, to file its chargesheet against 10 arrested accused — after completion of their 90 days in custody, with effect from September 20.
The NIA said it was seeking more time “in the interest of investigation.” Its application was filed before a special NIA court in Mumbai.
Kolhe was murdered on June 21 in Amravati, allegedly after he had put out a post on social media in favour of Nupur Sharma who had made controversial comments on Prophet Muhammad.
The agency in its application dated September 13 said the case was registered on June 22 this year under the Indian Penal Code as well as under Sections 16, 18,19, 20 (being members of an unlawful terror organisation) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Accused No.1 Mudassir Ahmed (22) was arrested on June 23. There are nine other co-accused in the conspiracy case.
The UAPA law allows for 90 days to file a chargesheet which can be extended till 180 days by the court on its satisfaction of such need.
The NIA plea said “there is high element of risk involved if extension is not granted” and they may “slip out of the clutches of law” and added that the case has “repercussion on territorial integrity, sovereignty and security of India and it is highly necessary to grant further extension of time to complete investigation and further detention of the accused.”
A defence advocate opposing the extension plea said the agency has failed to make a ground for seeking extension.