Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Tuesday relaxed
for a month the bail condition of Soofiya Madani,prime accused
in the burning of a Tamil Nadu state corporation bus at nearby
Kalamassery in 2005, stating she should not leave Ernakulam
district without it`s prior permission.
Soofiya, wife of PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani, had sought
relaxation of the condition, stating that she wanted to look
after her children and ailing husband. She also said she
wanted to be with her family during Ramzan.
Opposing her plea, the National Investigation Agency, which
is investigating the case, submitted that if the condition was
relaxed, she was likely to tamper with evidence and influence
witnesses. Investigation in the case was almost complete and
chargsheet would be filed without further delay, it said.
NIA Inspector, C Radhakrishana Pillai, stated that if the
bail condition was relaxed, she would travel outside the
district without any restriction.
Justice V Ramkumar, after hearing both sides, relaxed the
condition for a month.
T Nazeer, an accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts
and suspected LeT militant, is among the accused in the case.
The bus was burnt on Sept 9, 2005, in protest against
Madani`s imprisonment in Coimbatore central jail in connection
with the serial blasts in the city in 1998 in which 58 people