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Arthur Rd jail readies for Kasab trial

india Updated: Apr 14, 2009 01:26 IST
Vignesh Iyer

All decks have been cleared for the commencement of the 26/11 terror attack trial against Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab. The documents and articles of the case were packed and moved in a big trunk, from the sessions court to the highly fortified special court on the Arthur Road jail premises, on Monday.

Kasab is the only terrorist captured in the terror attack. The others were killed by security forces.

On Wednesday, the first day of trial, the prosecution is expected to open and present its case against Kasab and the alleged ‘mapmakers’ in the terror attack — Fahim Ansari and Sabbauddin Ahmed.

“On Wednesday, I will deliver my opening address about the case in the court,” Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told Hindustan Times. “Then the evidence against the accused and the wanted accused would be tabled and I would substantiate the charges leveled by the investigating agency.”

Though the trial was going to start on the jail premises from April 9, additional arrangements were met after considering recommendations from security agencies.

Fahim’s wife Yasmin said that she had applied for the pass to the court. “I would get my pass on Tuesday and would attend the case in the court.”

However, Sabahuddin's lawyer Ejaz Naqvi said that he would object to the prosecution's opening address, saying that the pre-trial formalities are not yet completed. “The compliance of the chargesheet has not been met. I have not received the statement made by co-accused (Kasab)”.

In the chargesheet, Kasab has been booked for several charges, ranging from murder, attempt to murder to waging war against the country. Twelve first information reports were registered against him.