Mumbai terror attack accused Amir Ajmal Kasab’s lawyer has sought permission from the trial court to inspect the marine vessel Kuber, allegedly used by terrorists to reach the city’s shores, and various places where they had struck on November 26 last year.
Abbas Kazmi moved the application on Wednesday evening, saying the inspection of these places was necessary to prepare for Kasab’s defence and study the material in the chargesheet filed before the court.
The lawyer said he may be allowed to inspect Kuber and terror target spots, including hotels Taj and Trident Oberoi, before witnesses step into the box to depose.
Kazmi said he wanted to inspect the boat as the prosecution has alleged that Kasab and nine other terrorists had reached the shores of Mumbai on November 26 last on board this vessel.
He added that he was seeking specific permission as he might accidentally talk to prosecution witnesses about the spots and it should not be taken as an attempt on his part to tamper with evidence.
Judge ML Tahiliyani rejected his plea, saying he was free to visit the spots and did not need the permission of the court. The judge added that spot visits would be taken up by the court only if necessary and the lawyers concerned would be invited for such visits.
The police had seized certain articles from the boat and sent them to forensic laboratory for tests. These include Kasab’s fingerprints. Kasab is also charged with killing the navigator of this boat, Amarsinh Solanki.