Bangalore, Jan 24 (Agencies): The Karnataka High Court on Monday granted time till February eight for the prosecution to file its objections to the bail plea by PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani, an accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts.

When the petition came up before Single Judge, Justice V Jagannathan, Special Public Prosecutor HS Chandramouli submitted that the petition must be heard by the same judge who heard Madani's anticipatory bail plea in the High Court.

This was termed in "bad taste and against the roster system" by senior defence counsel BV Acharya, who said sufficient time had already been granted to the prosecution since the filing of the bail petition on December 13.

Agreeing with the defence counsel that the bail plea need not be heard by the same judge who heard the anticipatory bail application, the judge, however, granted time till February 8 for the prosecution to file its objections and directed it to furnish a copy of the objections to the defence counsel before the said date.

Madani has sought bail on the grounds that there is no prima facie case against him to implicate him in the blasts in July, 2008 that left one dead and 20 injured.

Madani was taken into custody from an orphanage-cum-madrassa in Anwarssery in Kerala on August 17 and subsequently brought to Bangalore.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader is lodged in Bangalore Central jail.

A local court committed the case for trial on December three.

Madani was also an accused in the 1998 Coimbatore serial blasts in which 58 people were killed. However, he was acquitted by the trial court.