Despite the Supreme Court granted 14-days interim bail to Abdul Nazeer Madani, who is an undertrial prisoner in the Bengaluru blast case, to attend his son’s marriage, the stance by the Karnataka government is likely to jeopardise his travel. The government, in the apex court, put forward a condition for bail that Madani himself should shoulder the expense of entire police team which will accompany him to neighbouring Kerala. On Tuesday the police under Siddaramaiah-led Congress government fixed the amount at nearly 15 lakh and informed they will start procedures once the amount is remitted to the government.
Madani who has been in jail for nearly eight years, in an audio clip on released on Tuesday said that he is not going to Kerala since he is unable to raise the amount set by Karnataka government.
The advocate and relatives of Madani said that the estimate of the expense handed over by the Karnataka government is shocking. On Wednesday, they have submitted a memorandum to the Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to interfere in the matter and ensure Ma’adani’s visit to Kerala.
After the meeting, leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) said Pinarayai Vijayan has assured them that he will be writing to the Karnataka Chief Minister. PDP is a political outfit founded by Ma’adani.
The police team, which will accompany Madani will include a Superintendent of Police and 19 other officials. The government asked Ma’adani to remit 14,80,000, including GST, as the expense which includes food, accommodation, travel arrangement and other facilities. Though Ma’adani was allowed to visit Kerala in the past, the government never asked for such a huge amount.
The apex court had on Monday granted him permission to be in his home state from 7 to 14 August.
Madani had challenged the NIA court’s 24 July order declining him permission to attend the marriage of his son. The trial court had allowed him to visit his ailing mother from 1 to 7 August.
Abdul Nasser Madani is a Muslim political activist from Kerala. He was alleged to be involved in 1998 Coimbatore bombings but acquitted of all charges after spending nine and half years in Coimbatore Central Prison.
He was arrested in Kerala on 17 August 2010 and was lodged in Parappana Agrahara Jail since then for his alleged involvement in the 2008 Bengaluru serial blasts.