Coimbatore: A sessions court in Coimbatore acquitted Kerala-based People's Democratic Party leader Abdul Nasser Madani, in the 1998 serial bomb blasts case, but found S A Basha guilty.
Basha, the founder of the al-Umma, a suspected Muslim terror outfit, was found guilty of "criminal conspiracy" and transporting bombs in the 1998 serial bomb blasts case.
Of the 14 accused in the blasts case, 13 people have been convicted. Madani was the only one who has been acquitted.
The judgment of the special court in the city, which began on Wednesday, comes almost nine years after 12 blasts ravaged the city.
It was on February 14, 1998 when hundreds had gathered in Coimbatore during the election campaign visit of senior BJP leader L K Advani that bombs went off at 12 different places in the city, including the rally site, killing 58 people.
Advani, who was to speak at the rally, was saved as his flight from Thiruvananthapuram was delayed by three hours.
It was the second time that terror had struck the city and left 58 dead and over 200 were injured in the 40 minutes that shook Coimbatore.
Investigations blamed the al-Umma and the Jehad committee for carrying out these attacks.
By 2002, 166 people were facing trial including Basha and Madani.
Mahdani, lodged in Coimbatore Jail for the past eight years, had sought bail from Madras High Court on health grounds and was given special facilities when the M Karunanidhi government came to power in Tamil Nadu in May last year.
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