Though the special court conducting the 26/11 terror attack trial appointed advocate Anjali Waghmare (40) to defend lone surviving terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Mohammed Amir Kasab, Kasab can reject her services and request the court to appoint another lawyer, said legal experts.
After saying that he does not have any objection in giving the chargesheet to court-appointed defence lawyer Waghmare on Monday, Kasab told the court that he would like to meet her first.
Advocate Abdul Wahab Khan, who has appeared in many high profile cases including the Neeraj Grover murder case, said: “It’s Kasab’s case. If at any time he feels that he does not want the lawyer, he can tell the court and the court would have to consider getting another lawyer for him.”
The court had appointed Waghmare on March 30 to defend Kasab, but till Monday the lawyer and her client have never met.
Advocate Amin Solkar, who represents more than five alleged Indian Mujahideens, said: “Kasab can change his lawyer. It is his constitutional right to choose who should represent him. Kasab had told the court he wanted a lawyer from the state legal aid panel as he cannot afford one, but if he feels that the lawyer is not fit he can choose another lawyer from the panel.”
He added: “Kasab can also talk to five to six lawyers from the legal aid cell then inform the court about his choice.”