The State has opposed his third plea for bail in the High Court on health grounds

Abdul Nazir Maudany, an accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blast cases, has said in a rejoinder filed in the Karnataka High Court that the prosecution has made baseless allegations against him with regard to his health status.

The rejoinder was filed in response to the State prosecution opposing his third plea in the Karnataka High Court seeking bail to take a “proper” medical treatment. The prosecution argued that Mr. Maudany has no problem with his vision and that his ailments can be managed if his sugar levels are kept in check.

While denying the allegation that he was exaggerating his health issues, Mr. Maudany said that he has been reduced to a mass of flesh and “is experiencing mental torture” as the State is neglecting his health issues.

He called the prosecution’s claim that he could be treated by a medical practitioner as “unfortunate” and “irresponsible”.

Contending that he has been scrupulously following the medical advice of doctors, Mr. Maudany claimed that the prosecution and the prison authorities were not giving him the diet prescribed for him by doctors. He claimed that he is purchasing medicine on his own by spending Rs. 15,000 a month. On allegations made against him that he prefers Soukya International Holistic Health Centre for treatment because it is run by the people close to him, the rejoinder pointed out that the State government itself had suggested in the Supreme Court that he could be treated at the Soukhya Centre in Bangalore instead of he being taken to Kerala for Ayurvedic treatment. “This allegation [related to Soukya] is totally false, baseless besides being derogatory in nature not only to him but also to the doctors at Soukya,” the rejoinder said.

Mr. Maudany stated that he has been advised to read and write to stop his vision from getting worse. He denied the allegation of the prosecution that he has been falsely claiming that he had lost vision in the left eye and was on the verge of losing vision in the right eye.

On the prosecution’s argument that he is healthy and walks in his cell in the prison citing CCTV footage and pictures, Mr. Maudany contended that “the State in an unethical and unscrupulous manner produced the CCTV clippings of the earlier period to create an impression that he is healthy…”

“There is no allegation in the charge sheet or any other documents that the petitioner had links with the banned terrorist organisation of Bangladesh, Pakistan and free flow of funds from foreign countries,” the rejoinder added.

Justice H.N. Nagamohan Das adjourned hearing till next week while asking the authorities concerned to submit in court Maudany’s latest medical report.

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