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‘Will defend Kasab if asked’

Maharashtra’s former Additional Advocate General P. Janardhan on Sunday said he’s willing to legally represent Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab if the Pakistan Embassy approaches him.

india Updated: Dec 15, 2008 02:27 IST
Sunil Shivdasani

Maharashtra’s former Additional Advocate General P. Janardhan on Sunday said he’s willing to legally represent Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab if the Pakistan Embassy approaches him.

“I am willing to accept Kasab’s brief provided Pakistan Embassy tells me to do so. On my own I shall not go to Kasab because he is a Pakistani national and he has not approached me,” Janardhan said.

In Delhi, the Pakistani High Commission said it had not yet received any request from Kasab for a lawyer.

Kasab, from Faridkot in Pakistan, is the only terrorist among the 10 who attacked Mumbai on November 26, to be arrested.

Janardhan said he decided to come forward to represent Kasab after he realised that no lawyer was ready to represent him. “Kasab has a right to defend himself or be represented by a lawyer in court,” he said.

He is not worried that his action will upset the legal fraternity, especially after the Metropolitan Magistrate Bar Association passed a resolution not to appear on Kasab’s behalf. “I am not afraid of anyone. I am not a member of this Bar Association,” he said.