Madhani denies link with Lashkar

People's Democratic Party (PDP) chairman Abdul Nassar Madhani on Saturday reiterated that he was not involved in any anti-national activities after being acquitted of the Coimbatore blast case.....

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram | Published:March 29, 2009 12:16 am

People’s Democratic Party (PDP) chairman Abdul Nassar Madhani on Saturday reiterated that he was not involved in any anti-national activities after being acquitted of the Coimbatore blast case. “I would quit politics if the court finds me guilty of the charges. I have already apologised for the past,marked by inflammatory speeches made under certain circumstances. But I had never exhorted anybody to kill Hindus. I am ready to go to jail if that would help improve the communal atmosphere in the state,” Madhani said in the aftermath of the reports that a suspected Lashkar operative has told the Karnataka Police that the PDP chief remained in contact with him even after his release from jail.

Addressing the media here,he claimed he had not met Sarfaraz Nawaz,the alleged financier of the Bangalore blast. Nawaz had told the Karnataka Police that he had met Madhani in Kerala three months after the PDP leader was released from jail. “Many of the depositions,which the media had banked upon to link me to terrorism,were exacted from innocent youths after the police subjected them to severe torture,” the PDP chief said.

Madhani said he had no links with Sainudheen alias Sathar Bhai,the alleged co-founder of Indian Mujahideen. “Sainudheen’s daughter did not stay with my wife as alleged,” he said,claiming that the daughter of his wife’s servant was wrongly identified as that of Sainudheen’s.

Coming down heavily on the Indian Union Muslim League,a Congress ally in the state,Madhani threatened to expose the League leaders if they continued to paint him as an extremist. “The League has no moral right to criticise the PDP,which was not involved in any communal riots unlike the League. Several League leaders had made telephonic conversations with the accused in the Marad riot,which had killed eight Hindus,” said Madhani.

He said his party would not refrain from supporting the Left Democratic Front,come what may. He said the PDP was struggling for ensuring social justice to the weaker sections in society.

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