Supreme Court moderates bail conditions of Abdul Nazar Maudany in Bengaluru blasts case, permits stay in Kerala till July 8

The Supreme Court has modified the bail conditions of chairman of Kerala People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Abdul Nazir Maudany, who was arrested for his alleged involvement in the 2008 Bengaluru serial bomb blasts case, giving him permission to stay in Kerala till July 8.

The Bench of Justice Ajay Rastogi and Justice Bela Trivedi gave interim relief to the prime accused of Bengaluru blasts case on the grounds of his medical condition, along with his ailing parents, who were residing in Kerala.

The Apex Court directed Maudany to visit his parents in Kerala, accompanied by the Karnataka Police Escort and return to Bengaluru by July 8. It further told him to bear the expenses for the escort to be provided by Karnataka Police. 

Earlier, Maudany was to stay in Bengaluru till the trial in the blasts case was over.

The top court of the country further granted liberty to the State of Karnataka to file an application seeking Maudany’s presence during the pronouncement of verdict and listed the matter for further hearing on July 10.

The politician had moved the top court of the country seeking relaxation on his bail conditions and permission to live in his hometown in Kerala. This was the second petition moved by Maudany before the Apex Court. Earlier, his application on health and other grounds was rejected in September 2021.

The PDP leader was represented by Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal and Advocate Haris Beeran during the hearing on Monday.

Total 32 people, including Maudany, were booked under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 for his alleged involvement in a series of bomb blasts that took place in the state capital of Karnataka on July 25, 2008. The blasts claimed one life and left 20 injured. 

On the basis of a confession made by T. Nazir, a suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operative, linking Maudany to the deadly attacks, police named him as 31st accused in the charge sheet.

Sibal had contended during the last hearing that Maudany had remained outside on bail for the past eight years and has maintained good conduct ever since. 

As per the Senior Counsel, the condition to stay in Bengaluru had lost its relevance after the completion of trial. Sibal further submitted that Maudany’s movement was restricted because of his amputation.