The first additional sessions judge of the Nampally court has directed the print and the electronic media not to publish or telecast news relating to the Dilsukhnagar twin bomb blasts case involving Indian Mujahideen co-founder Mohammed Ahmed Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal.
The judge further directed the media not to touch the documents of the ongoing investigation without prior permission of the court.
The direction came in the backdrop of media publishing and telecasting news about the Dilsukhnagar blasts for the last few days including confession statements of Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar alias Tabrez alias Haddi during interrogation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Annoyed with the media reports, the NIA approached the court requesting it to direct the media not to publish and telecast news related to the on going investigation of the Dilsukhnagar blast.
Bhatkal was produced by NIA officials in the court of the first additional metropolitan session judge here on September 23 who handed him over to NIA custody for two weeks. Asadullah Akhtar, was produced here on September 19 and was sent to NIA custody for two weeks. Earlier, both of them were sent to judicial custody till October 17.
Bhatkal and Asadullah, suspected of carrying out several blasts across the country, were arrested by security agencies on the Indo-Nepal border in August.
The twin blasts, triggered by IEDs planted near the Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar on February 21, claimed 16 lives.