New Delhi: Supreme Court has given permission to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Abdul Nasser Madani to attend his son’s wedding to be held on August 9 at Thalassery Municipal Town Hall.
Earlier, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) court had rejected his plea seeking permission to attend his son Hafeez Umar Mukthar. The NIA had given him permission only to stay in Kerala from August 1 to 7 in order to see his mother. Thus Madani approached the apex court, which granted him permission to stay until August 14 in his native place.
Meanwhile, the court asked him to bear the expenses for his security and journey while going to Kerala. Madani had requested that the Karnataka Government should bear these expenses. But the SC rejected it.
It may be recalled that Madani was first arrested on April 8, 2000, in connection with the 1998 Coimbatore bombings which had killed 60 people.
He was imprisoned for eight years, but was released on August 1, 2007 after being acquitted of all charges. Madani formed PDP in 1992 after the demolition of Babri Masjid in order to bring Muslim Dalits in the state together.
In June 2009, Madani was charge-sheeted in the 2008 Bangalore blast case, and arrested a year later by the Karnataka police.