A special court has rejected the plea of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone gunman arrested for the Mumbai terror attacks, to have access to newspapers in jail but allowed his lawyer to lend him some books for reading.
"I informed the court that Kasab wanted to read newspapers in jail but the plea was not considered. Instead the court suggested that I could lend some story books to him," Kasab's lawyer Abbas Kazmi told PTI.
As Kasab is well versed in Urdu, Kazmi said, he was planning to give him books in that language.
"The books will be given to the jailor who in turn will on pass them to Kasab," the 54-year-old Mumbai lawyer said.
To a question, Kazmi said the 26/11 attacks accused likes to read stories, which have "entertainment value."
On the daily schedule of Kasab, Kazmi said he was in solitary confinement and was on his own.
The lawyer said he had been given a short time to prepare for arguments on charges proposed by prosecution against Kasab.
On May 2, he has to give his submissions after going through the 11,000-page chargesheet. "I am not ready yet," Kazmi said.
Kasab's lawyer further said that he was devoting most of his time to this case after court hours and that he is not taking up any other matter.