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‘We need Maudany for locating other accused'

Staff Reporter

Police say securing him will be difficult if he is given bail



Abdul Nasir Maudany

BANGALORE: The Bangalore city police have not recovered any material evidence related to the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts from Peoples' Democratic Party Chairman Abdul Nasir Maudany after his arrest on August 17. “From him we want to know the whereabouts of the other accused, who are absconding,” said Public Prosecutor K. Rudraswamy.

Resuming his arguments opposing Mr. Maudany's bail application on Wednesday, Mr. Rudraswamy said Mr. Maudany had been in regular touch with all the accused named in the serial blasts. “The accused and witnesses are not strangers to Mr. Maudany,” he said.

He was submitting his arguments before Fifth Fast Track Sessions Court Judge Srikant Watawati, who is hearing Mr. Maunday's bail application.

Recovery

Though the blasts in Coimbatore (in 1993) and the Bangalore were similar, there is a difference in the manner in which city police is investigating the case. The accused in the Bangalore blasts case were members of the ISS (Islamic Sevak Sangh), and after it was proscribed they joined the PDP. “There is no need to conduct identification parade for the arrested accused and witnesses to identify Mr. Maunday,” Mr Rudraswamy said.

Sanction

Mr. Rudraswamy said that before arresting Mr. Maudany, the city police had taken the Home Department's sanction under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. They had taken the sanction of the Bangalore Police Commissioner under the Arms Act too, he said.

Difficult

The prosecutor said it would be difficult to secure Mr. Maudany if he was enlarged on bail. “He enjoys high political power and position in Kerala. We faced difficulty in arresting the accused (on August 17). There were demonstrations (in Anwarssery in Kerala), 1,600 police personnel were deployed,” he said. Some witnesses and accused had expressed threat to their lives. “He may destroy evidence and threaten the accused,” Mr. Rudraswamy said.

‘No evidence'

Replying to the prosecutor's arguments, Mr. Maudany's counsel P. Usman said there was no evidence to directly show Mr. Maudany's involvement in the case. “Merely because the accused have called Mr. Maudany (on the latter's mobile phone) the latter cannot be called an accused. The police have not produced transcript of the conversation. It's only a suspicion, there is no material to show conspiracy,” he said.

The Judge posted the application for orders on September 13.

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