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PDP leader Nasser Madani gets one month bail
Friday July 11, 2014 6:14 PM, IANS

The Supreme Court Friday granted one month bail on health grounds to 2008 Bangalore serial bomb blast conspiracy prime accused and Kerala-based People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasser Madani.

A bench of Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice A.K.Sikri said that during his one-month bail, Maudany will not leave the city of Bangalore and the Karnataka government is at liberty to take all steps, including putting him under surveillance, to ensure that he does not get in touch with witnesses in the case.

The court granted Madani bail while taking note that he is an under-trial prisoner who was already behind the bars for the last four years and was suffering from various ailments, including diabetes and vision-threatening ailment in both eyes.

The court said that Madani would furnish two sureties of Rs.1 lakh each and would also furnish his address where he would be staying.

The court's orders came on Madani's application.

As counsel Prashant Bhushan urged the court to enhance the bail period as one month would be insufficient for Madani's treatment, the court said that he could make a application for extension after one month and if there was any complaint, then it too would be examined.

Bhushan told the court that by its Nov 18, 2013 order, the Karnataka government was directed that Madani would be kept in the hospital till he was in a position to undergo his eye surgery but in last eight months, he was kept in hospital for less than a month and his health condition was continuously deteriorating.

He told the court that Maudany, arrested Aug 17, 2010 in connection with the conspiracy for the Bangalore bomb blast, is already in jail as an undertrial prisoner for the last four years. He said that Madani suffered nine year's incarceration in the 1998 Coimbatore bomb blast case in which he was finally acquitted.

Opposing the bail plea, senior counsel Raju Ramachandran, appearing for the Karnataka government, told the court that Maudany was a very influential person and if he was released, would influence the witnesses using various means, including intimidation.

Ramachandran said that Madani was being provided the best treatment at the hospitals of his choice at expenses running into lakhs of rupees.

"In that case you release him and he would bear the expenses of treatment," the court told Ramachandra, brushing aside his objections. "So long he was in the custody of the Karnataka government it was incumbent upon it to take care of his health," it noted.

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