Duo cited as accused number three and four

The CBI has opposed the bail petitions of Lokesh Sharma and Devender Gupta, who were arrested in connection with the bomb blast in Mecca Masjid in 2007.

The petition opposing the bail was filed in the Nampally Court and was posted for arguments on Friday. Gupta and Sharma sought bail a few days ago contending that the CBI had not filed a charge sheet till now in the blast case and that they were under judicial custody since June 17 this year.

They maintained that the mandatory period for filing charge sheet within 90 days was already over.

Sureties

“We are ready to furnish required sureties and abide by the terms and conditions of the court,” they said in the petition.

Gupta from Rajasthan and Sharma from Madhya Pradesh were arrested in connection with the bomb blast in Ajmer and were lodged in Ajmer central prison. The duo, cited as accused number three and four respectively, were brought to the city from Ajmer on June 17. The prime accused in the case, identified as Sandeep Dange (A1) and Ramachandra Kaslangara (A2) are still at large.