The special court on Friday decided to retain Syed Gholam Abbas Kazmi as Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab lawyer, after Kazmi tendered an unconditional apology.
Kazmi appeared before the special court on Friday and gave an application saying he wanted 24 hours to put his stand on Thursday’s humiliating episode.
“I am labelled as a liar. I am still in disturbed state of mind and shocked,” he said, adding, “I shall meet the charges levelled against me.”
However, special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam intervened and requested the court to allow him to speak to the defence lawyer in his chamber. The special judge, M L Tahiliyani agreed to the request. The stalemate ended after Nikam spoke to Kazmi for about 45 minutes and persuaded him to continue and tender apology as well.
Kazmi then appeared before the special judge, M L Tahaliyani, and tendered an apology. “This is a historically important trial and I have done my best,” Kazmi told the judge.
The judge then removed the objectionable remarks appearing in Thursday’s order of the special court. It was part of the “amicable settlement” reached by Nikam, who urged the court not to drag the issue further in the interest of the case.
A key witness, Additional Commissioner of Police Deven Bharti, will testify on Monday, when the court will also record deposition of the prosecution’s last witness, Chief Investigating Officer Ramesh Mahale.