A special court on Monday rejected the prosecution’s plea to incorporate ‘separation of Kashmir’ as one of the objectives of the 26/11 terror attacks in the charges framed against the arrested accused.
Judge ML Tahiliyani clarified that it was not necessary to include every detail when charges under specific sections were framed.
The three accused are — the lone terrorist Ajmal Kasab who was captured alive, the alleged map-maker Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ansari, who allegedly passed these maps on to the masterminds of the attack. “It is enough to give notice to the accused of the charges they are facing and not detailing the commission offences when copies of chargesheet, statements of witnesses are given to them,” the judge said.
Special Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam filed the plea after media reports said that the court rejected the prosecution’s claim of separating Kashmir as being one of the objectives of the attack.
The reports were based only on the fact that words ‘separation of Kashmir’ did not appear anywhere in the 86 charges framed against the trio.
Nikam had contended that in Kasab’s confession the objective was clearly stated and it was necessary to include those words in charges.
Two witnesses depose
The prosecution on Monday opened a new chapter in the trial — the murder of fishing trawler MV Kuber’s head of crew, Amarsing Solanki, with deposition of a panch witness.
The witness, Bhavesh Takalkar, witnessed the recovery of Solanki’s body. He told the court Solanki’s hands were tied to his back and his neck severed at the backside.
He also identified the satellite phone and the GPS device, which were sent to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation for forensic examination, and a notepad used by the attackers.
The court recorded evidence of another witness, Indian Coast Guard helicopter pilot Prabhdeep Sing Malhotra, who located the abandoned MV Kuber. Malhotra told the court that he identified the trawler on the basis of its (Porbander) registration number.