People’s Democratic Party leader and an accused in 2008 Bangalore serial blast case, Abdul Nasir Maudany, has sought President Pranab Mukherjee’s intervention to entrust the case to a team of efficient and honest police officers for a free and fair investigation.

Mr. Maudany (48) who has been lodged in Parappana Agrahara Central prison since 2010, is suffering from multiple health problems.

Stating that he had been framed by the Bangalore police, Mr. Maudany’s 40-page petition says he was not only tortured and ill-treated in the prison but the media also has accused him of having links with various other blasts across the country. Not a single police officer has visited him to question him on the blasts so far.

In his defence, Mr. Maudany said he had never visited Kodagu, where the Central Crime Branch has accused him of having held a meeting to conspire the blast. “I do not know where the place is and being a wheelchair-bound patient, anyone could easily identify [me] if [I] had gone to that place.”

After the release from the Coimbatore blast case, the Kerala government had arranged B-category security cover for him with two armed policemen round the clock, who reported all his movements to the police headquarters. “If I had visited Kodagu, as alleged by the Bangalore police, the police security would have reported this.” Besides, on the day the police accused him of participating in the conspiracy meeting, he was in Mecca to perform the Haj pilgrimage, he said.

He had even approached the Supreme Court seeking bail but was denied it though there was no concrete evidence him, he said, seeking Mr. Mukherjee’s intervention.

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