The radical Islamic leader from Kerala,Abdul Nasser Madani of the Peoples Democratic Party,is once again under the scanner in a bomb blast conspiracy case with the Bangalore police looking closely at possible contacts between him and some of the accused in the April 17 blast outside the BJP headquarters here. The blast had left 16 people injured.
Lawyers of a few arrested accused said the police were probing about an alleged meeting between Madani and Kichan Bukhari,linked to the banned Tamil Nadu terror outfit Al Ummah,on March 9 at the Bangalore airport while Madani was on parole and in transit to attend his daughters wedding. The police sources have confirmed this. There was a phone call received at the airport at that time which is of interest in the case, they said.
The police have named 20 persons as accused,including Bukhari and three absconders Fakruddin,Bilal Malik and Panna Ismail. All of them are former members of the Al Ummah who figured in the February 1998 Coimbatore blasts case. Bukhari was released after his sentence couple of years ago.
According to Bukharis lawyers,during questioning in the recent blast case,the police have accused him of meeting Madani at the Bangalore airport as part of the conspiracy. Madani was on a parole and was travelling under police escort. There was no way anybody could meet him. Bukhari was on a flight to Delhi that travelled via Bangalore,so he could not have alighted at the stopover, his lawyer said.
The police are also investigating the source of Rs 50,000,allegedly given by Bukhari to Panna Ismail.
Madani,who like Bukhari was also accused in the 1998 Coimbatore blasts case,was exonerated in 2007,after spending nine years in prison. Madani is among 31 chargesheeted in the July 25,2008 bomb blasts in Bangalore that killed one person and left 20 injured. He recently wrote a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee asking for a speedy trial in the 2008 blasts case,saying he had been wrongly implicated.