16 June, 2021

Payback Time: A Creditor Calls From The Gaol

Payback Time: A Creditor Calls From The Gaol
A prison is a place for criminals, not heroes. But that’s only if you are not Abdul Nasser Madani. The rogue politician, an accused in the infamous Coimbatore blast that targeted L.K. Advani, will perhaps soon be set free—thanks to the four-and-a-half years he’s spent in detention without being chargesheeted. Support for his release is growing in Kerala. The Left parties and the Muslim League form one end of a strange consensus that’s building around the issue. At the other end, noises from within the udf too are getting increasingly soft on the blast ‘mastermind’.

All in all, chief minister A.K. Antony is in a fix. Though he now feigns ignorance, a high-powered committee of the udf has asked the CM to work to secure Madani’s release. The pro-Madani camp in the udf has one handle: a purported deal offered by Antony lieutenant Oommen Chandy and ex-udf convenor K. Sankaranarayanan that the front would do everything possible to get him freed in return for his support in the assembly...

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