Karnataka HC rejects Madani`s bail petition

The Karnataka High Court rejected the bail petition of PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani, an accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts case.

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Friday
rejected the bail petition of PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani,
an accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts case, holding
that granting bail to him would put the security of the state
and the nation in jeopardy.

But the court directed jail authorities to take steps
to ensure that the health condition of Madani, who is disabled
with an amputated leg and suffering from different ailments,
does not deteriorate and he is given necessary medical help.

After hearing arguments by the defence and
prosecution, Justice V Jagannathan concluded that granting
bail to Madani would be "putting the security of the state and
the nation in jeopardy" and rejected the bail petition.

He said the material available and statements of
witnesses indicated that Madani was in constant touch with the
other accused before and after the blasts and also harboured
some of them by giving them shelter in his orphanage in

On the contention of senior defence counsel B V
Acharya that there was "no direct evidence" of Madani`s
involvement in the criminal conspiracy, the judge said, "There
is seldom ever that direct evidence is there in such cases.

Conspiracy by very nature is hatched in complete secrecy
otherwise the whole purpose will be frustrated."

Inference can be drawn from whatever evidence has been
collected and it (evidence) is "sufficient proof of the
conspiracy", the court observed.

"It cannot be disputed that the blasts took place in
Bangalore and were followed by similar blasts in the country
including Jaipur and Ahmedabad... Actions speak louder than
thoughts. It is not possible for anyone to penetrate into the
mind of others to see what thoughts are going on," Justice
Jagannathan stated.

On the defence contention that there is "no prima
facie case" against Madani, the court said the material
collected by the investigative agency on the statements
recorded by police coupled with details of phone records
before and after the blasts, pointed out a prima facie case.

On the question of personal liberty, the court cited a
Supreme court judgement which held that "liberty of an
individual is very important. At the same time interest of the
state also cannot be lost sight of".

Observing that in cases involving the security of the
state and the nation bail is generally refused, the court held
that this was one such case where "interest of the nation can
never be given up".

Madani, arrested in Kerala on August 17 last year, is
lodged in Central Jail here. He was one of the main accused in
the 1998 Coimbatore serial blasts that killed 58 people but
was acquitted.


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