Lone surviving Mumbai attacker Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab on Monday expressed a desire to examine a few Pakistani officials and some Indians as witnesses in his defense. He said that he wanted to discuss the matter with Pakistan government before taking any decision and has deferred the examination decision till Wednesday.
“Mujhe kuch witnesses bulane hai, lekin pehle Pakistani sarkar se baat karni hai (I want to call some witnesses. But first I have to discuss with the Pakistan Government),” the suspected LeT hitman told the special court.
When the judge reminded him that the Pakistan government had ignored him on earlier occasions, he added, “I want to go ahead through the government, it is fine if they bring the witnesses.”
Special judge M L Tahaliyani asked defence lawyer K P Pawar to discuss with the accused inform the court about his decision on calling the witnesses.
Pawar informed the court that Kasab wanted to examine some Indian nationals also. Kasab then interrupted saying he didn’t want to call the Indian witnesses, as once they were exposed, their lives would be in danger.
The court has granted time till Wednesday to the defence lawyer to inform the court about Kasab’s decision about examining any witnesses in his defense.
On Monday, the special court concluded recording Kasab’s statement under section 313 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in which he reiterated that he had been picked up at Juhu Chowpatty by the police 20 days ahead of the terror strike.
“Police had handed me over to the RAW (Research and Analysis Wing), which in turn handed me back to Mumbai police crime branch,” he told the court.
Kasab also claimed to have seen a CD, while in crime branch custody, in which Abu Ali, one of the slain terrorists who stormed Taj Mahal and Palace hotel, was wearing clothes similar to his. He said he had been “fixed” by the police in place of Abu Ali.
Fahim claims to be innocent
Fahim Arshad Ansari, an alleged local facilitator of 26/11 attacks, on Monday claimed that police forced him to prepare the maps showing prominent Mumbai locations. “I am innocent, I have not committed any crime,” he said adding, “The Anti-Terrorism Squad had already inquired about the maps after I was arrested in the Rampur case.” He claimed that he did not know Nuruddin Shaikh. According to prosecution Shaikh witnessed Fahim handover the Mumbai maps to another accused, Sabauddin Ahmed in Kathmandu. “I saw him for the first time, when he testified before this court,” Fahim said.