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Karnataka HC defers order on Ma’dani’s bail plea

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Bangalore: Karnataka High Court on Wednesday postponed until August 5 its order on the bail application of People's Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasser Ma’dani, arrested in connection with the Bangalore serial blasts.

The court deferred the order as the prosecution sought more time to submit the counter affidavit in the case.

During the hearing of the plea last Thursday, the prosecution had hurled gruesome allegations against Ma’dani opposing the bail application. The state central crime branch (CCB) police submitted before the high court that Ma’dani had also played a crucial role in explosions in Surat, Mumbai and Delhi.

The state argued that Madani, if released, would establish contact with the absconders and try to destroy evidence. The police also told the court that Madani, hale and healthy, has been exaggerating his diseases.

Public prosecutor S Dore Raju said the State was ready to provide medical care to Ma’dani at a government hospital.

The state contested the PDP leader's complaint that he was partially blind. Raju said Ma’dani has been reading and writing, and also watching TV channels. "There is no vision impairment," he said.

"The diseases are common and not fatal, and can be cured if he follows medical advice and diet. The disease of the petitioner is deliberately magnified," the state submitted, adding that his treatment at Soukhya International Holistic Health Centre had cost Rs 9 lakh to the exchequer.

The state expressed fear that if granted bail, the trial would get delayed since it would be difficult to bring Ma’dani back.

The PDP leader filed the bail petition claiming he was not given proper follow-up treatment. He had also stated his wish to tend to his mother who has been suffering from cancer.

Ma’dani has been named the 31st accused in the July 25, 2008, serial blasts, which killed a woman. He was arrested from Anwarsseri, Kollam, on August 17, 2010.

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