Denied Eid prayers at masjid, blasts accused tells SC

Cops say couldn’t have entered masjid; Madani would have met witnesses.

Written by Utkarsh Anand | New Delhi | Published: August 9, 2014 2:32:18 am

Abdul Nasser Madani, an accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts case who is currently out on bail, on Friday filed an affidavit at the Supreme Court protesting the Karnataka Police decision of not allowing him Eid prayers at any mosque in the city.

The police on their part argued that the permission was denied because they could not enter mosques to keep an eye on him and furthermore there were apprehensions that the Eid prayers would provide him opportunity to contact witnesses in case and thus affecting his prosecution. The police also noted that Madani was granted bail only for “the limited purpose of his health”.

Madani, however, told the apex court that he was denied right to practice religion and expressed dismay over the reasons given by the police for the denial. He was granted bail by the SC on July 11.

In the affidavit, Madani’s counsel Harris Beeran has put forth the fact that he had sought permission from the police, as stipulated by the court order, to participate in Eid prayers on July 29 at any of the mosques in Bangalore.

But, the police declined his request by a verbal directive, prompting him to seek an order in writing as to reasons why he was denied the permission to attend to his religious function.

The affidavit, submitted before the bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar, has attached the communication between the Commissioner of Police and the law officer of Bangalore on the matter.

“If the accused is permitted as per his request made in the letter, there is every likelihood of his contacting with the witnesses of the case which he is facing in the court and in that event the prosecution will be put to heavy loss.

“If the accused is permitted to take part in the Eid prayer, even the police cannot enter the masjid also in which he seeks to offer prayer. As he is facing serious cases of Bangalore city bomb blast cases, it is not advisable to permit the accused to take part in the Eid prayer at Shivajinagar Park, Cantonment area and Bangalore City,” law officer B R Kulakarni had stated in his opinion to the Police Commissioner.

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