A local court today postponed till Wednesday the hearing on the CBI’s plea seeking custody of 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast accused Swami Asimanand.

The court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate deferred the hearing till November 24 after defence counsel Chinna Kesava sought more time to study the case and file a counter application after meeting his client (Asimanand), who is in judicial custody till November 30 and lodged in a special cell at Chanchalguda jail here.

The magistrate had on Saturday last appointed Kesava (a government advocate) as counsel to represent Asimanand.

Naba Kumar Sarkar alias Swami Asimanand was arrested by the CBI on November 19 from Haridwar in connection with the blast at the historic Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad on May 18, 2007, which left nine persons dead.

Soon after producing Asimanand before the court here, the CBI had filed an application seeking his 15 days’ custody to further interrogate him, which the CBI believes will help it in getting more details including the whereabouts of two other absconding accused in the case - Sandeep Dange and Rama Chandra Kalsangra alias Ramji, both natives of Indore, MP.

The CBI, in its submission before the court last week, had claimed that the complicity of Asimanand in the criminal conspiracy came to light recently and his name was added as an accused in the case diary and also a memo was filed to add his name as accused number six in the case.