‘Taxi driver’s statement was vital’

Special Public Prosecutor in the twin blasts case, Ujjwal Nikam, spoke to Hindustan Times after the court declared the punishment.

What do you have to say about the judgment?

It’s a strong and stern message to those who even remotely think of indulging in terrorist acts and try to destabilise the country. The judgment sends a message that we will not tolerate any acts of terrorism in this land.

Did you, at any time during the trial, feel this case could slip and you would not be able to convince the court?

No, in fact from day one we were confident. Even the investigators had done their job so well and we did not leave any loopholes. We were able to convince the court that this is an act of terrorism.

What according to you was the most clinching evidence due to which the court came to this conclusion?

All evidence produced was clinching and only proved that this was a terrorist act. However, the statement of taxi driver Shiv Narayan Pandey [at Gateway blast site] was very important.

What do you have to say about execution of punishments? We have seen many cases wherein a convict is given death, but execution takes long.

Deterrent punishment is effective only if it’s executed fast. Unfortunately, in India the execution takes very long and it’s time to change legal procedures.

Is this another feather in your cap?

It’s a collective victory. I’m sure each and every victim of this terror act is relieved by the judgment.


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