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Achuthanandan says Maudany should get justice from court

Posted on Dec 15, 09:38PM | IANS

Former Kerala chief minister and CPI-M leader V.S. Achuthanandan Saturday said jailed People's Democratic Party (PDP) chief Abdul Nazir Maudany should get justice from the court and that the ruling coalition did not have a say in the matter.

The official faction of the CPI-M led by party secretary Pinarayi Vijayan has come out stating that Maudany should be given justice.

However, leader of opposition Achuthanandan said that this was not an issue for either the Left Democratic Front (LDF) or the United Democratic Front (UDF), the present ruling coalition in Kerala, to decide and that it was the responsibility of the court.

"This is an issue for the court and they have to look into the issue. You (the media) should not see this an issue of either the LDF or the UDF," said Achuthanandan.

Achuthanandan said Saturday: "When we were in office we wrote twice to the Karnataka government with regards Maudany."

Meanwhile, state Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said that the Kerala government has limitations because the case has been registered in Karnataka.

"There are limits but we will look into what can be done," said Radhakrishnan.

Maudany was arrested Aug 17, 2010, in connection with the conspiracy for the 2008 Bangalore bomb blast. He has been lodged in a Bangalore jail for the past 28 months.

CPI-M politburo member and former home minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan said earlier Saturday that the state government should intervene in getting justice for Maudany.

"When Maudany was in Coimbatore jail, Achuthanandan, then education minister went to prevail upon then Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi for his justice. Likewise, now, the present Kerala government should intervene," said Balakrishnan.

Achuthanandan and the CPI-M have differed over Maudany since he was acquitted in 2007, after he was arrested in 1998 for the Coimbatore serial bombings.

The official faction had taken a soft stand towards Maudany and used him for their election campaign in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, much against the wishes of Achuthanandan.