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Madani flays Kerala govt for his wife's arrest

By Arun Lakshman
December 17, 2009 23:12 IST
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Controversial People's Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasser Madani has accused the Left Democratic Front government in Kerala of playing into the hands of the Opposition Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party in the case related to the arrest of his wife, Sufiya Madhani.

Madani said the government is bowing to the pressure and false allegations levelled against his wife in the Kalamassery bus burning incident and added that his wife was innocent in the case and that a strong lobby had worked against him and his family in the issue. He was speaking to mediapersons at his orphanage in Anwarasseri in Kolllam district .

The firebrand leader said the prosecutor, who appeared in the high court on behalf of the state government, had used communal statements while arguing against Sufiya's anticipatory bail plea.

Madani said that the government and its prosecutor had insulted "a pious Muslim woman".  The PDP leader alleged a "high-level conspiracy had been hatched to include Sufiya as the 10th accused in the bus burning incident .

He, however, told his cadres and party workers not to interfere in the affairs of the court of law and said that he "gives utmost respect to the judiciary".

Madani said that he would fight for justice to Sufiya and said he was prepared to sell his Kochi home to raise funds to fight the case.

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