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SC calls 2008 Bengaluru blasts accused Abdul Nazar Madani a ‘dangerous man’

Soni Satti

A Bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde comprising Justices A.S. Bopanna and V. Ramasubramanian while hearing a plea by 2008 Bengaluru Blasts accused- PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani remarked that he is a “dangerous man”, Madani’s plea was to seek permission to leave Bengaluru and return to his hometown in Kerala, where he would remain until the case’s trial was
completed.

In July 2014, the Supreme Court granted Madani bail based on his health status, but he was told not to leave Bengaluru. Madani cited the deterioration of his eyesight as the reason for the six-year delay in the trial, adding that doctors in Bengaluru have advised him to seek Ayurvedic care in Kerala’s Ernakulam district and that he should be able to return to his hometown.

Madani said in an application that the trials were dragging on due to several factors, including witness recall, prosecution and trial judge transfers, and Covid-19, and that the bail requirements needed to be relaxed. He maintained that his appearance in the trial was not necessary at this time.

His case, filed by advocate Harris Beeran and R.S. Jena, said that the Karnataka government had submitted to the Supreme Court in 2014 that the trial would be concluded in four months. However, more than six years have passed since then, and the lawsuit is yet to be completed.