Peoples Democratic Party leader and accused in the 2008 Bangalore blast case Abdul Nasser Madani has filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court on Friday, seeking quashing of the charge sheet against him.
Although prohibitory orders were clamped in and around a religious centre in Kollam district in view of Madani's imminent arrest after August 15, his lawyer P. Usman said, "It is (the petition) likely to come up for consideration either on August 16 or 17."
A Karnataka police team has already been in Kollam, around 65 km north of state capital Thiruvananthapuram, since Tuesday night awaiting the Kerala government’s nod to arrest him.
Madani’s arrest was earlier deferred because of President Pratibha Patil’s visit to the state on Thursday.
The police had filed an additional charge sheet in June against Madani in the blast case following which a non-bailable warrant was issued against him.
In the latest petition, Madani has said that the police falsely implicated him in the charge sheet.
Madani’s anticipatory bail application was rejected by the High Court last week.
Madani was arrested in 1998 for his role in blasts in Coimbatore that year. Fifty-eight people were killed in the blast. He was acquitted in 2006.
He was named an accused in the Bangalore blasts case that left one woman dead and 20 others injured on July 25, 2008.
The district administration on Saturday banned the assembly of more than five people near Anwaraserri, a religious centre-cum-orphanage in Kollam, for the past few months.
Thousands of Madani’s supporters have converged in the area.