Even a week after the Supreme Court directed the Karnataka government to shift People’s Democratic Party (PDP) leader Abdul Nasir Maudany from Bangalore Central Prison to Manipal Hospital in the city for medical treatment, the State Prison Department has contended that they are not aware of such a direction by the apex court.

Deputy Inspector-General of Prisons V.S. Raja told The Hindu that Mr. Maudany, who has been arrested on charges of conspiracy in the Bangalore serial blasts case of 2008, was in prison and had not been shifted anywhere.

Though he claimed he was aware of the recent order by the Supreme Court, Mr. Raja said there was no mention of shifting him to the hospital in the order. “We are providing him treatment in the prison,” he said.

The Supreme Court on November 18, while considering Maudany’s bail petition, had directed the State of Karnataka to shift him to Manipal Hospital, where he will be kept in a separate room under appropriate protection to be given by the State of Karnataka.

“However, this will be subject to the hospital agreeing to take the petitioner as an in-patient. In the event for any reason the hospital expresses its inability, the petitioner will be shifted to the Victoria Hospital for all the necessary treatment”, the Court observed.

Later, the apex court had observed Mr. Maudany has to be taken to Dr. Agarwal’s Health Care Ltd., for eye surgery once his health recovers, depending upon the decision of the doctors. “The expenses for his treatment will be borne by the Sate, and the near relatives of Mr. Maudany will be permitted to visit him in hospital. Mr. Maudany will be at liberty to file application for further relief after his health improves.” Meanwhile, Manipal Hospital authorities said they had not received any communication on Mr. Maudany’s admission from the authorities concerned. However, they said they were ready to treat him, if admitted. Mr. Maudany’s counsel, P. Usman, said he had communicated the court order to shift his client to the hospital, but no action has been taken yet.

Meanwhile, the Bangalore serial blast case came up for hearing at the special court at Parappana Agrahara on Tuesday.

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