Wednesday, March 10, 2010

NIA opposes Soofiya\'s petition for relaxing bail conditions

KOCHI: The National Investigation Agency has opposed the petition filed by Soofiya Madhani, wife of PDP leader Abdul Nasar Madani and the 10th accused in a Tamil Nadu bus burning case in 2005,seeking relaxation of her bail conditions.

Earlier, the Ernakulam Sessions court had granted her conditional bail after she was arrested in December 2009. It had directed her not to leave Ernakulam district and appear before investigating officials as and when required.

Soofiya, in her petition filed before the CBI Special Court Ernakulam, which is considering terror-related cases in Kerala, sought relaxation of the bail conditions to enable her visit her ailing husband in Thiruvananthapuram and her mother.

Opposing Soofiyas petition, NIA said she is the wife of a prominent leader of a party and that if the bail conditions were relaxed, she might influence witnesses and tamper with the investigations. She is the main conspirator in the case, NIA alleged in their written objection.

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