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Accused divided over lawyer

india Updated: Mar 24, 2009 01:23 IST
Vignesh Iyer
Vignesh Iyer
Hindustan Times
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Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed, the two Indians arrested in connection with the 26/11 terrorist attack case, differ on retaining their lawyer Ejaz Naqvi. Fahim wants to discontinue his services but Sabahuddin wants to retain him.

Naqvi had filed a vakalatnama for Fahim and Sabahuddin and appeared for them since January. Fahim, who was produced in the special court via video conferencing on Monday, told judge M.L. Thailyani that he wanted a government-appointed lawyer to defend him. Naqvi told Hindustan Times, “Fahim might be doing it under pressure from the Crime Branch.”

Sabahuddin said he would like to retain Naqvi as his lawyer. When the court told him of Fahim’s decision, Sabahuddin said, “I will talk to Fahim and then decide.”

Though Naqvi was not present when the two appeared via video link, the court asked him to appear on March 30 and speak with Fahim when again all the accused were likely to be presented via video link.