Khalistani Liberation Force (KLF) chief Harminder Singh Mintoo on Monday was sent to judicial custody till 14 December by a Delhi Court when the Punjab Police plea for his transit remand will be considered.
Metropolitan Magistrate Satvir Singh Lamba sent the accused to Tihar Jail after the Delhi Police said they did not require him for further custodial interrogation, asking the probe agency to produce him before the court concerned on the next date of hearing.
After that, Punjab Police personnel moved a plea seeking Mintoo’s transit remand, claiming that they require him for unearthing the larger conspiracy. The plea will also be taken up on 14 December.
The court had on 28 November sent Mintoo to Delhi Police custody for seven days which was later extended till today.
The Delhi Police had earlier submitted that they needed his custody to know about the role of “insiders and outsiders” who assisted him and five others in fleeing from Nabha jail in Patiala.
It had said that the role of Inter-Services Intelligence and some terror organisations was required to be probed in the case as he had also visited Pakistan.
According to the Delhi Police, one loaded pistol and six live cartridges were recovered from his possession. He was earlier a member of Babbar Khalsa International and later floated his own group, they said.
Mintoo was nabbed from a Delhi railway station, a day after he escaped with five other inmates from the prison.
UP Police had on 27 November arrested the alleged “mastermind” of the daring daylight jailbreak, Parminder Singh, from Kairana in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district when the getaway vehicle — a Toyota Fortuner — was stopped at a police picket.
He had escaped along with five other prisoners in a sensational prison break after armed men in police uniform tricked the sentries into opening the gates and fled with the inmates while firing a hail of bullets.
Mintoo, who was wanted in ten terror cases, was arrested by Punjab Police after he was deported from Thailand in November 2014.