No bail for Terrorist Kingpin

published on July 9, 2010

No bail for Madani

Cooourtesy: Daily Pioneer

The Fast Track Sessions Court-5 of Bangalore on Friday rejected the anticipatory bail application of Kerala’s PDP chairman Abdul Nasser Madani, 31st accused in the 2008 bombings case, observing that there was a valid case against him prima facie and that the charges against him were of non-bailable nature.

Reports from Bangalore said the court, while rejecting the bail application, observed that there was enough reason to believe that the Prosecution’s case against Madani was valid. The judge said that Madani had been charged with committing unlawful acts which came under the category of serious offences which made granting of bail difficult.

The court allowed the Karnataka Police to interrogate Madani in custody, saying that custodial interrogation was part of normal process by which no harm would come to the accused person.

Bangalore City Police Commissioner Shankar M Bidri refused to respond to the court verdict but reports said that a decision on Madani’s arrest would be taken at a meeting of top police officials late Friday evening. The Additional Chief Metropolitan Court, Bangalore has given time till July 20 to the Karnataka Police for producing Madani.

Madani had moved his anticipatory bail plea on June 17 after the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court issued a non-bailable warrant against him on June 15, based on a chargesheet the Karnataka Police submitted on June 11, in which the Islamist leader was named as the 31st accused in the bombings case.

The Prosecution which vehemently opposed the bail application had argued that his interrogation in custody was absolutely necessary as the case was of very sensitive nature concerning national security. Public Prosecutor Rudra Swamy had argued that Madani had taken part in the conspiracy for the bombings at Coorg in Karnataka and Kochi and Kollam in Kerala.

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