The Bombay High Court will verify on Tuesday if the photograph affixed on the purported fake Pakistani passport was of Faheem Ansari, who has been acquitted of the charges of facilitating 26/11 attacks.
The division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice RV More on Monday directed the police to produce Ansari before the court on Tuesday so as to ascertain if Ansari’s face matched with the photograph appearing on his purportedly fake Pakistani passport.
Ansari, a suspected member of Lashkar-e-Taiba, had procured a passport in Pakistan in the assumed name of Hassan Hamad which carried his photograph. Pakistani authorities have confirmed that the passport was issued to Ansari on the basis of fake documents submitted by him.
The direction came following a request from special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam while opening the prosecution arguments against acquittal of Ansari and another accused, Sabauddin Ahmed. Nikam urged the court to issue directions to produce Ansari in court so that the judges themselves can see him and verify the photograph affixed on the passport.
Ansari is currently lodged in Arthur Road Central Prison.
The judges also said that they had already visited the 26/11 attack sites to get a first hand impression of the topography. They said they had been to Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus without informing any authority.
The bench is currently hearing a reference for confirmation of death sentence awarded to Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab for his role in the carnage, his appeal against the conviction and the state government’s appeal against acquittal of Ansari and Ahmed.