Madani`s role in cricket stadium blasts not proved: Police

City Police said the PDP leader`s involvement in the bombings "has not been proved so far".

Bangalore: A day after Home Minister V S
Acharya did a volte-face on his remarks about Abdul Nasser
Madani`s alleged role in the twin blasts near the cricket
stadium here, the City Police today said the PDP leader`s
involvement in the bombings "has not been proved so far".

Talking to reporters, Bangalore Police Commissioner
Shankar Bidari said, "I would not like to comment on the Home
Minister`s statements. However, Madani`s role in the stadium
explosion has not been proved so far."

The twin blasts outside the Chinnaswamy cricket
stadium ahead of an IPL match on August 17 had left 15 people

Bidari hinted that Madani`s wife Soofiya, who is
listed as one of the witnesses, will also be questioned in
connection with the July 25, 2008 serial bomb blasts in the
city in which one woman was killed and 20 were injured.

Madani was listed as an accused in the additional
charge sheet filed in the 2008 blast case after the
confessions of the main accused T Nasser.

Acharya had stated yesterday that interrogation of
Madani has revealed his role in the twin explosions near the
stadium. But later he did a volte-face saying "I have been

He had, however, said Madani`s links with Nasser in
the 2008 blasts had been "established" during interrogation.
Bidari said police might seek extension of Madani`s
custody, which will end tomorrow, if the need arises.

Madani was arrested at Kollam in Kerala on August 17
by Karnataka Police after an eight-day-long wait to execute
the arrest warrant against the PDP leader.
He was also an accused in the 1998 Coimbatore serial
bomb blast case in which 58 people were killed, but was
acquitted by a trial court.

Bureau Report

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