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'NIA wants to interrogate Kasab in another case'

mumbai Updated: Nov 19, 2010 01:35 IST
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The National Investigating Agency (NIA) wants to interrogate Pakistani gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, convicted and sentenced to death for his role in 26/11 terror attacks, in some other matter.

The state government has, however, not granted any permission to interrogate the Lashkar-e-Taiba operative so far. The state on Thursday clarified before the Bombay High Court, which is hearing a reference for confirmation of death sentence awarded to the 23-year-old.

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the division bench of justices Ranjana Desai and RV More that the agency has sought permission to interrogate Kasab in some other matter.

Nikam was replying to an application filed by lawyers Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah, appointed to defend Kasab, seeking clarification whether NIA had registered an independent case against Kasab, and if it wanted to interrogate him in 26/11 attacks case.

Nikam also pointed out the news report on the basis of which Kasab had filed the application, was distorted, and no separate offence has been registered by NIA regarding the attacks.

The court disposed of the application after Nikam clarified that it was not the case of possible double jeopardy, as anticipated by Kasab.

Through the application, Kasab had raised a legal point if NIA can register a fresh case against him in respect of the same offence for which a special trial court has already convicted him.