Anjali Waghmare, the first advocate who had agreed to represent the sole captured terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab and was shunted out of the 26/11 terror attacks case, has moved the Bombay High Court. Waghmare has sought that the remarks by the special judge, M.L. Tahiliyani, against her be expunged.
On April 15, 2009, the special judge had revoked Waghmare’s appointment as Kasab’s advocate, observing that she had not informed the court that she was an advocate for one of the victims of the 26/11 attacks, Harishchandra Shrivardhankar.
Terming the observations against her as “incorrect, baseless and frivolous”, Waghmare claimed that she was not given an opportunity to argue her side. Justice V.K. Tahilramani has kept the matter for hearing on October 14.
Waghmare, who was one of the advocates on the legal aid panel, was appointed as advocate for Shrivarshankar on February 5, 2009, for seeking enhancement of compensation. She filed an application under the Right To Information Act on behalf of Shrivarshankar on March 13, 2009, with the Azad Maidan police.
Then on March 26, 2009, she and six other advocates, who were shortlisted to represent Kasab, were called for interviews. On March 30, 2009, she was appointed as advocate for Kasab. On the same day, Shrivarshankar’s family too met her at the special court. Waghmare claims she informed them about being appointed as Kasab’s advocate.
As she had not filed a vakalatnama (document to be filed by advocate to be able to represent a client) for Shrivarshankar, she told them that she would not be able to represent him. On the same day, she even informed the special judge about the same, her petition said. The petition added that on the day she was appointed as Kasab’s advocate, workers of a certain political party had tried to attack her and her son.
When advocate Lam had made an application on April 4, 2009, seeking that Waghmare give an undertaking in writing that she will not appear for any of the victims of the terror attacks, the same was orally rejected by the special judge, added her petition. On April 15, 2009, the special judge abruptly revoked her appointment.