“Nobody can stop me from appearing for Kasab,” said advocate Mahesh Deshmukh who has filed an application in court seeking permission to meet Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only terrorist who was caught alive in the 26/11 ambush at Girguam Chowpatty in south Mumbai.
“If the court permits I want to meet him and seek his instructions before filing the vakalatnama,” said Deshmukh.
Speaking to Hindustan Times over the phone, Amravati-based lawyer Deshmukh justified his decision and said nobody has come forward to appear for Kasab.
“The law of the land provides for defence. The law is also very clear that every person put to trial should get a chance to put his stand,” added Deshmukh.
He said that lawyers refraining from appearing for Kasab is unconstitutional.
When told that a city lawyer has already borne the brunt for agreeing to appear for Kasab, Deshmukh said: “I am doing nothing unlawful. Why should I fear and whom should I fear? I am doing what law allows and I am following the legal principle.
“The application that I have filed is likely to be heard on Tuesday and if the court decides on my favour then no body can stop me from appearing for Kasab and I am adamant that I will appear for him.”
He added: “Some 40 Shiv Sainaks ransacked my house, my office and threatened me but this is not going to change my decision and I am already made my mind.”
When asked what was his family’s reaction, Deshmukh said: “It very obvious that my wife and two daughters very scared and more so, when Shiv Sainaks ransacked my office and house at on Tuesday, but now I am under police protection and there is no need for them to get scared.”
When told that different bar associations are passing a resolution that none of its affiliated members would appear for Kasab, he said that they are against the constitution and no bar association can pass such resolution.