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A prime suspect ‘Dhan Singh’ in the 2007 Samjhauta Express blast case, has remanded in the custody of National Investigation Agency till December 28 in the 2008 Malegaon blast case by the special NIA court.

The NIA told the court that it recently arrested Rajender Chaudhary in Samjhauta case, and he had confessed that he and Singh were involved in Malegaon and other blasts along with absconding accused Ramchandra Kalasangraha and Sandeep Dange.

According to Special Public Prosecutor Rohini Salian, “Chaudhary said that Dhansing was instrumental in transporting the motorcycle of Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur for using it in Malaegaon blast.”

Singh was closely associated with Kalasangraha and Dange, and they appeared to have aided each other in the commission of 2008 Malegaon blast and other terrorist acts, she said. Salian sought Singh’s custody for NIA, saying he needs to be interrogated to unearth facts about procurement of explosives, acquiring of expertise, logistics, etc.

But advocate JP Mishra who is the lawyer of Dhan Singh, argued that the facts emerging now were contrary to the facts stated by the NIA after the interrogation of Swami Aseemanand. Earlier, Singh told the special judge YD Shinde that he had been assaulted by NIA officers, and he was scared. He also alleged that his family was being harassed by NIA.

When the judge asked if he had a lawyer, he said he didn’t, nor did he want one from the legal aid panel. But when advocate Mishra appeared for him, Singh refused to sign the `vakalatnama’, saying he had no money to pay lawyer’s fee and he should be given a lawyer from aid panel. His relatives finally persuaded him to accept Advocate Mishra.

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