Thursday, August 5, 2010

Maudany’s arrest: Kodiyeri refutes Acharya’s charges

Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan has refuted allegations levelled by his Karnataka counterpart V.S. Acharya that the Kerala police had not been extending support to arrest PDP leader Abdul Nasir Maudany, an accused in the 2008 Bangalore serial blasts case.

Mr. Balakrishnan told reporters here on Thursday that some of the accused in the case were arrested by the Karnataka police on the basis of details provided by the Kerala police.

“The Kerala Government will respond to any official request from the Karnataka Government regarding the case. I do not want to get into an argument with anyone over the issue. The Karnataka Home Minister’s statement is aimed at diverting public attention from the Karnataka High Court’s remarks about the case,” he added.

Mr. Balakrishnan said that steps would be taken this year for bifurcation of the Thrissur and Kollam police divisions.

Asked to comment on a letter reportedly received by the CBI court stating that a police officer was involved in a case related to the brutal assault on Thodupuzha Newman College professor T. J. Joseph, Mr. Balakrishnan replied that the State government was not aware of it

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