Apex court refuses bail to Madani

A bench of Justices J M Panchal and H L Gokhale, however, directed the Karnataka government to ensure the ‘parishkaran’ treatment facility be provided to him at Soukya hospital in Bangalore.

The court did not allow the interim bail plea of Madani on health ground as senior advocate T R Andhiyarujina, appearing for Karnataka government, strongly opposed his application alleging that the leader was a kingpin who conspired to carry out blasts not only in Bangalore but in Jaipur and Ahmedabad in 2008 as well.

Senior advocates Shanti Bhushan and Sushil Kumar, appearing for Madani submitted the leader should be released on health ground till the time his regular bail was decided.

They said that Madani required Ayurvedic ‘parishkaran’ treatment in Kerala.
Both the counsels also contended that the accused was named for the first time only in the third charge sheet filed by the police and the person who took Madani’s name was dead.

Andhiyarujina, on the other hand, said that there were serious allegations against Madani, who was arrested on August 17 last year.

The counsel alleged that there was enough evidence to suggest the leader’s links with Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

“He is the fountain head of terror activities and was constantly in touch with co-accused who carried out blasts at several places not only in Bangalore but in other cities in the country as well,” Andhiyarujina alleged. The court, however, declined the relief to Madani and posted the matter for August 8 for further hearing.

A two-judge Bench of Justices Markandey Katju and Gyan Sudha Mishra had earlier differed on the bail plea of Madani.

Madani, wheel-chair bound leader, was also an accused in the 1998 Coimbatore serial blasts case but was acquitted after being in jail for over nine years. He faces charges of being involved in 2008 Bangalore serial blasts that claimed lives of two persons and had left 20 others injured.


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