On Friday, Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the 21-year-old Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT) operative facing trial for his alleged role in the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks, sprang a surprise when he asked the court for an envelope to write a letter to a contact in Saudi Arabia.
He refused to say whom he wanted to write the letter to. The court then asked Kasab to get advice from his lawyer Abbas Kazmi before approaching the court.
Kasab (in white pathani, stands up): Lifafa chahiye (I want an envelope).
Judge M L Tahaliyani: Khat likhna hein kya? (Do you want to write a letter?).
Kasab: Ji haan (Yes).
Judge: Kidhar bhejna hain? (Where do you want to send it?).
Kasab: Saudi (Saudi Arabia).
Judge: Aapka koi rishtedaar rehta hein wahaan? (Do you have any relatives there?).
Kasab: Nahin (No).
Judge: Toh phir kisko likhna hein? (Then whom do you want to write the letter to?).
Kasab smiles and goes silent.
Judge: Aap batana nahin chahte toh hum kaise decision lenge? (If you won’t disclose this, how can I take a decision?).
Kasab: Aise hi likhna hain (Nothing in particular, I just want to write).
Judge: Aap ek kaam karo, jailer se baat karo. Unko khat likh ke do aap. Woh padhenge aur phir decision lenge. (Discuss with the jailor. Write the letter and give it to him. He will read it and take a decision).
Kasab: Unko bola toh unhone bola ki court ka permission lena padega. (I told him, and he asked me to get permission from the court).
Judge: Par aap humko yeh nahin bata rahe ki khat aapko kise likhna hain. (But you are not telling me whom you want to write the letter to).
Kasab smiles again.
Judge: Aap aapke advocate ka salah lijiye aur phir humko bataiye (Take advice from your advocate, then come to me).