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No govt interference in Madani case: K'taka Home Minister

Bangalore, PTI | Updated : 17 July 2013, 07:53 PM

The Karnataka government on Wednesday rejected reports that there were moves to weaken the case against Kerala-based PDP leader Abdul Nasser Madani, an accused in the 2008 serial bomb blasts here.

The matter was before the court and "there is no government interference," Home Minister K J George told the Assembly during the Zero Hour.

He was responding to a mention by senior BJP MLA C T Ravi who wanted to know if there was a move by the state government to weaken the case against Madani and whether Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy exerted pressure on the issue.

Ravi, a former Higher Education Minister, referred to reports about Chandy allegedly exerting pressure on the Karnataka government to "weaken" the case so that he is set free by judiciary.

Madani is lodged in the central prison here since his arrest in August 2010 in connection with the July, 2008 serial bomb blasts in the city in which one person was killed and 20 others were injured.

He is among 31 persons chargesheeted in the case.

Ravi urged the government to appoint a special advocate in the case.

First Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 07:48 PM
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