Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Madani’s bail hearing in SC on Wednesday

Posted On Tuesday, May 03, 2011 at 05:56:34 PM

Hemanth Kashyap

The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce its verdict on Abdul Naseer Madani's bail petition when it comes for hearing on Wednesday. Eminent lawyer, Shanthi Bhushan will represent Madani, who is seeking bail on health grounds. Senior counsel, Andhiya Arjun, will represent Bangalore police in the court.

Sources say the state government will argue heavily against granting bail to Madani, who is accused of hatching a conspiracy to create communal unrest in Bangalore by triggering a series of bomb blasts from Electronic City to Mysore Road in July 2008. One person died in those blasts.
A team of police officials led by Alok Kumar, joint commissioner (crime), has gone to New Delhi to brief the legal team handling Madani's bail petition on behalf of Bangalore police.

In an earlier hearing last month, the court had indicated that it may grant him bail on health grounds as the PDP leader was confined to a wheelchair and had a host of medical problems such as spondylitis and hypertension. But police maintain that Madani's health problems are a smokescreen and the he is in good health ever since his arrest. The police have prepared a detailed argument to Madani's plea.

Madani was arrested in his native Kerala after much drama two years ago. He is now lodged in Parappana Agrahara Central Jail. He had received a stream of visitors in jail during recent Kerala elections where PDP had contested elections.

Madani was arrested based on an extra judicial confession given to the police by another accused in the case. The confession stated that Madani planned and supervised the entire bomb blast operation — from start to completion.

Courtesy:Bangalore Mirror

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