Ajmal Kasab, the lone terrorist caught alive in the Mumbai carnage, on Monday appeared before court for the first time through video conferencing from his prison and the trial in the terror attack is set to begin from March 23.
Metropolitan magistrate Shrimangale committed the case to the sessions court which will have a make-shift arrangement inside the high security Arthur Road prison. The trial will be conducted by sessions judge M L Tahilyani.
Kasab, arrested on November 26, has never been produced in open court due to security concerns and he is presently lodged in a high security barrack of the Arthur Road jail in central Mumbai. Kasab was not present in person at the Court but followed the proceedings from the jail.
The video conferencing lasted for about 15 minutes during which the magistrate asked the Pakistani national to identify himself and if he had received the copy of the 11,000-page chargesheet filed by the Mumbai crime branch.
The captured terrorist in a deep baritone voice spoke in Hindi only to confirm his name as Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab and said, "I have received the chargesheet but I cannot understand it, as it is in English and Marathi."
The Magistrate then told Kasab that he is committing the case to the special court and that he can make the request for translated chargesheet before that court on March 23.