On parole, Maudany breaks down

Muslim leader Abdul Nasser Maudany, on parole to attend his daughter's wedding in Kerala, broke down here Monday while addressing a prayer meeting.

As the People's Democratic Party leader was not wearing his customary dark glasses, the crowds gathered at his party headquarters saw tears run down his cheeks.

An emotional Maudany alleged that he was being victimised and accused the authorities of branding him as an "anti-national" and a terrorist.

Maudany is in custody in Karnataka for alleged involvement in the 2008 Bangalore bomb blasts. He got parole to attend the "nikah" of his daughter in Kerala.

It is the first time since he was jailed in Karnataka in August 2010 that he was allowed to visit Kerala.

He arrived in the state Saturday and will fly out from the state capital Wednesday when his bail period ends.

Before leading the prayers Monday, Maudany met his aged parents.

He is staying at a private medical college as he does not keep the best of health.
The doctors have been advised by the Karnataka Police not to divulge the results of their tests.

On Sunday, at his daughter's social event, leaders from the Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist shook hands with him.

The Bharatiya Janata Party has asked the authorities to immediately cancel his bail, saying he had violated the bail conditions.

But the Congress and the CPI-M played it safe.

State Congress chief Ramesh Chennithala requested the media not to turn his visit into a controversy.

CPI-M's former home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said Maudany's comments were the anguish "of a person being denied natural justice".

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