People’s Democratic Party chairman Abdul Nasir Maudany on Sunday said the interim bail granted to him by the trial court did not in any way connote a new sunrise in the justice delivery system of Karnataka to him.
He was delivering “khutba” (sermon) at the wedding ceremony of his daughter here.
Detained in a Bangalore prison in connection with a serial bomb blasts case since August 2010, Mr. Maudany was granted interim bail for five days by the trial court to attend the wedding.
Flanked by CPI(M) State secretary Pinarayi Vijayan and Indian Union Muslim League leader E.T. Mohammed Basheer, Mr. Maudany said the bail was granted because of a precedent. There was no alternative for the court as two others detained in the case were earlier granted bail for four days.
“Compared to the agony being endured in the Bangalore prison, the situation for me was thousand times better at the Coimbatore jail.” Mr. Maudany said adding he could not see even a faint ray of justice coming to him from Karnataka. “I am passing through a phase where justice has been completely denied … yet I am not disheartened.”
He said, “Several other innocent persons, some of them very young, falsely implicated and arrested in terror attack cases, who are detained in prisons all over the country, are enduring untold torture and suffering more than me.” His advice to them was not to lose faith in God.
He recalled that his rhetoric in the past would have hurt many sections. But he was full of contrition after his acquittal in the Coimbatore blasts case and had publicly asked pardon for it. “At one stage, I had strained relations with even my daughter. But life in the Coimbatore jail made me open my eyes and felt an urge to be back with my daughter.”
Though he felt happy to enjoy the brightness of Kerala after remaining locked in the Bangalore prison for two-and-half years, Mr. Maudany said he was now unable to fully enjoy the brightness of his home State as his right eye had gone totally blind and that his left eye suffered vision impairment.
He felt that the opportunity to witness the nuptials of his daughter was the result of prayers by those who love him. The visit had given him strength in the midst of pain. He called upon the State people to raise their voice against the injustice shown to him.
Mr. Maudany specially thanked Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan and Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan for intervening with the Karnataka government to earn him bail to attend the wedding.