The Kerala High Court Thursday refused to grant anticipatory bail to
Sufiya Madani, wife of People's Democratic Party chief Abdul Nazir
Madani, in a bus burning case of 2005. She was arrested shortly
after the court's order.
Sufiya was named 10th accused in the
case early this month. The first accused in the case is south India
chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) T. Nazeer, who has been arrested.
After Justice K.T. Sankaran denied
Sufiya's anticipatory bail plea, she was arrested from her home in
The hearing for the case started at
Director general of prosecution V.G.
Govindan Nair said there are enough evidences to point out that
Sufiya was closely involved in the case. Counsel for Sufiya denied
A Tamil Nadu State Transport bus was
burnt in Kalamasserry after reports that Madani was ill-treated in
Coimbatore jail, where he was detained for trial in the 1998
Coimbatore bomb blast case.
He was, however, exonerated in the
case in 2007.
Early Thursday morning, supporters
crowded Madani's residence in Kollam. While Madani stayed back,
Sufiya went to their rented home in Kochi.
Madani also led a prayer meeting,
attended by his supporters and close aides, and said whatever be the
verdict, it should be accepted without creating any issues.
With reports that Sufiya might
surrender before an Aluva court, policemen were also posted there.
Meanwhile, a court in Kollam
exonerated five men accused of masterminding a bomb blast in August
1992, in which Madani lost his right leg.
The accused were let off since Madani,
the main witness in the case, did not appear in the court.