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Kasab chooses to reply in Marathi

While in custody for over a year, sole captured Pakistani gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab has picked up the Marathi language.

mumbai Updated: Jan 21, 2010 00:44 IST
HT Correspondent

While in custody for over a year, sole captured Pakistani gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab has picked up the Marathi language.

“Mee bagitla nahin” (I did not see) and “Mala mahit nahin” (I do not know) were his replies to questions asked by Special Judge ML Tahaliyani, who is hearing the terror trial.

Kasab, who was arrested at Girgaum Chowpatty on the night of November 26, 2008, has been lodged in the high-security Arthur Road jail since February 2009.

Kasab continued his statement under Section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code on Wednesday.

The special court grilled Kasab on the results of the DNA analysis of sweat found on the clothes and other belongings of the 26/11 attackers, which have matched with DNA extracted from their bodies.

The special court also questioned Kasab on the telephonic conversations between the gunmen and their Pakistani handlers intercepted by the police during the terror strike.

The court will continue to record his statement on Thursday.

HC dismisses pleas of 26/11 accused

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday dismissed the pleas filed by two 26/11 accused, seeking re-trial saying they had no faith in the judge presiding over the terror trial.

Alleged Lashkar operatives Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, had claimed that the judge presiding over the trial was biased against them.

Ansari had alleged that the judge wasn’t recording the evidence of prosecution witnesses properly. He had cited the deposition of a police officer, whose testimony was recorded during initial days of the trial.

Considering the fact that the testimony was recorded eight months back, a division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice Mridula Bhatkar questioned intention behind filing of the applications.

“Why did they not approach the high court then,” Justice Desai asked Nasreen Ayub, appointed to represent the accused.

The judges dismissed the pleas saying those were filed with apparent malafide intention to drag the trial.