Muzammil Ansari, who has been convicted for planting bombs at three places in 2002-03 blasts, on Thursday claimed that he has was suffering from a psychological disorder and pleaded before the POTA court to allow a psychological assessment test on him.
The designated POTA court was was hearing the arguments from the defence lawyers, Sudeep Pasbola, Abdul Wahab, Mobin Solkar and Sharif Shaikh, for the 10 convicts over the point of sentence. Ansari’s advocate, Shaikh, filed three separate applications - seeking Ansari’s psychological assessment test, seeking examination of witnesses on mitigating circumstances for lesser punishment and calling for the report of the jailor for his good behavior.
In the application seeking psychological assessment test, Ansari stated that he cannot immediately understand anything and is unable to express his feelings in words. “The application said that in jail his mental health has rapidly deteriorated and also suffering from psychological disorders. The applicant fails to remember various things/events. It appears that the applicant is suffering from psychological problem and low IQ level,” read the application.
Ansari has also sought to lead evidence on mitigating circumstances and examine three witnesses, out of which two are undertrials. The court has issued summons and they will be examined on Friday.
The advocates for the other accused pleaded the court for leniency. They pleaded for reformative theory in awarding sentence as they said that the convicts have reformed. They said that all the accused, except Ansari, were on bail and have never misused their freedom. They pleaded that most of them have been convicted only for possession of arms which to were falsely planted by the police. They pleaded for minimum possible sentence in the interest of justice.
The court will now record the deposition of the witnesses for Ansari on Friday followed by which his advocate will make submissions on the point of sentence. The prosecution is expected to make submissions on Monday.