Karnataka, on Thursday, opposed granting bail to People's Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasir Maudany, an accused in the Bangalore serial bomb blasts case, alleging that he masterminded the explosions.
Opposing the bail application, Advocate-General Ashok Haranahally submitted in the Karnataka High Court that the accused had links with members of terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).
“It would not be safe to grant bail to such a person who is involved in terror activities as already most witnesses in the case are being threatened,” Mr. Haranahally said.
The accused appeared to have masterminded the blasts, as he was not only involved in the conspiracy but was also in constant touch with other the accused, some of whom were alleged to be LeT members and was continuously monitoring what was happening, the prosecution argued.
“It just cannot be believed that he was not involved in the conspiracy. He was not only involved in it, he also harboured the accused,” Mr. Haranahally contended.
B.V. Acharya, counsel for Maudany, submitted that a person should not be made accused in a case on the basis of his past.
“There are no cases against the ISS (now-defunct Islamic Sevak Sangh that Maudany had founded) or the PDP that they were or are indulging in unlawful activities. He cannot be accused of an offence on that basis,” he submitted.
Mr. Acharya further contended that the investigation had not been carried out in a fair manner and it was “only a make-believe theory to implicate Maudany.” Requesting that Maudany be granted bail, Acharya pleaded he would abide by any condition imposed by the court.
Maudany has sought bail on the grounds that there was no prima facie case against him.
Justice V. Jagannathan sought certain clarifications on the phone call records between the accused and the other accused and posted the case to Friday for further arguments. — PTI