Kerala-based PDP chairman Madani walked free from the Parapanna Agrahara Prison on July 11 after he was granted one-month bail by the Apex Court.

The SC took note that he was an under-trial prisoner and had already been behind the bars for the last four years and was suffering from various ailments, including diabetes.
   
Speaking to reporters outside the prison, Madani thanked God for getting him one-month bail as he was suffering from various ailments.
   
"They arrested me when I was fasting. I am out when I am fasting. Thankful to God," he said adding he would take treatment in two hospitals.
    
Replying to a question, he said he would obey the Supreme Court order and not influence witnesses.
    
He also said he was confident of getting his name cleared. "Yes, yes, yes (I am confident about that)," he said.
    
Karnataka government had opposed the bail and said it was ready to make all arrangements required for his treatment inside the jail premises. The court had said that Madani will not leave Bangalore and the government is at liberty to take all steps, including putting him under surveillance, to ensure he does not get in touch with witnesses in the case.
   
Madani was listed as the 31st accused in an additional chargesheet filed by the police after confessions by suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operative T Nazir linking him to the Bangalore blasts that left one person dead and 20 others injured.

Madani's wife permitted to leave for Bangalore

The National Investigation Agency court in Kochi permitted Sufiya Madani, an accused in the 2005 Kalamassery bus burning case, to visit Bangalore to meet her ailing husband and PDP leader, Madani.

Sufiya had approached the NIA court for relaxing her bail condition to visit Madani. When her petition came up, Judge K P Balachandran allowed her to go to Bangalore for a month.
     
While granting her bail in 2009, the concerned court had directed that she did not leave Ernakulam district without permission.
   
Sufiya is an accused in the burning of a Tamil Nadu state owned bus on September 9, 2005 at nearby Kalamassery .

JPN/Agencies

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