The special court presiding over the 26/11 trial refused to take on record a certified copy of an alleged Pakistani passport recovered from a suspected Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative.
The court on Friday said there was no proof that the passport recovered by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) from Fahim Ansari was issued by the Pakistan government. “It’s mere presumption that the passport has been issued by the Pakistani authorities,” said Special Judge ML Taheliyani.
On February 2008, the UP STF arrested Ansari in connection with the Rampur CRPF recruitment camp attack and recovered the passport and a hand-drawn map of Mumbai.
Ansari, the prosecution claimed, had supplied the hand-drawn maps of potential target sites to LeT handlers across the border. UP STF officer Ashok Kumar Raghav, who produced copies of the passport and other documents in court, was cross-examined by Ansari’s lawyer Shahid Ansari.