Kochi: The state committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that it is ready to pay the expense to bring Abdul Nasar Madani to Kerala from Karnataka. The PDP said that demanding a huge amount for bringing Madani to Kerala is a conspiracy to prevent his return. Madani is an accused in the 2008 Bengaluru serial blasts case.
The PDP said that the decision to give money to Karnataka must be taken by Madani. If he gives the nod then the party will pay the money to bring him back.
The court did not agree to Madani’s plea to reduce the money for his police escort to Kerala and said that the full amount demanded by the police must be paid. Following that, Madani told the court that he does not have the required amount of money and said that he is not willing to return to Kerala.
Madani was granted a three-month relaxation in bail conditions to visit Kerala. However, Karnataka police demanded Rs.60 lakhs as expense for bringing him to Kerala as Madani is under surveillance by the Karnataka police.
Madani’s lawyer Kapil Sibal argued that his client cannot pay the huge amount. But the Supreme Court refused to intervene in the lowering of the amount.
According to reports, the opposing lawyer said that Madani had requested to visit his father but now his travel covers the entire state. Therefore a threat assessment is needed.