Kasab a liar, plotter, says Nikam
Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab is a liar and plotter who invented stories from time to time during the course of his year-long trial in the 26/11 attacks case, Maharashtra government counsel Ujjwal Nikam told the Bombay High Court today.mumbai Updated: Nov 22, 2010 19:36 IST
Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab is a liar and plotter who invented stories from time to time during the course of his year-long trial in the 26/11 attacks case, Maharashtra government counsel Ujjwal Nikam told the Bombay High Court on Monday.
However, whenever Kasab came up with a new story, he got trapped in his own web, Nikam told justices Ranjana Desai and R V More who are hearing confirmation of death sentence awarded to the terrorist for his role in the attacks.
Nikam said when the trial court had put the evidence before Kasab to know what he had to say, the convict had told judge M L Tahaliyani that he was not arrested on the night of terror attacks (November 26-27, 2008) but was caught by police much prior to that.
Kasab had concocted a story to tell the court that he had come to Mumbai via Samjhauta Express to watch Hindi movies and that he was arrested by police as he was holding a Pakistani passport, Nikam submitted.
Nikam further said that Kasab had taken this defence to show that he was already in police custody at the time of terror attacks. This type of stand is called as "alibi" in Latin, which implies that the accused was present elsewhere at the time of commission of offence, he said.
He contended that normally the burden is on prosecution to establish the guilt of the accused but if he takes the defence of "alibi", then onus is on him to discharge the burden -- to prove that he was not present at the spot when the crime was committed.