BJP asks TN Govt to file appeal in SC against Maudhany acquittal

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Chennai, Sep 20 (UNI) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today demanded the Tamil Nadu Government file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the acquittal of People's Democratic Party (PDP) Leader Abdul Nasser Maudhany in the 1998 Coimbatore Serial Blasts Case which claimed 58 lives and left more than 200 injured.

BJP National Spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here in the presence of Leader of the Opposition and Senior Party Leader L K Advani that Maudhany's acquittal showed a ''serious vulnerability in law.'' The serial blasts in the textile city was the first serious terrorist attack in South India in which 13 bombs exploded in a span of 30 minutes and a human bomb was used to target Mr Advani who was scheduled to address an election meeting, Mr Prasad claimed.

However, Mr Advani arrived late due to flight delay and despite police cautioning him not to enter the city, he called on the injured at the hosptial.

''There was evidence to prove that half-an-hour after the blasts, telephone calls were made to Maudany about the incident,'' he claimed and added this ''spurious judgement of acquittal'' should be challenged in accordance with the law.

''Why is there reluctance on the part of state government,the main prosecution in the case, in going for an appeal in the Supreme Court?'' he asked.

Mr Prasad said if the state government failed to do it, the BJP would assist the family of victims in exploring the possibility of filing an appeal.

UNI

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