The public prosecutor has been asked to file a reply for an application filed by Anjali Waghmare, the advocate who was to represent the sole captured terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab. The Bombay High Court had revoked her appointment from the 26/11-terror attack case because she had not informed that she was also the lawyer for one of the victims of the attack.
Justice VK Tahilramani has asked additional public prosecutor Anuradha Mane to take instructions from the legal aid panel, from where Waghmare was first appointed as a lawyer for one of the victims of the 26/11 attacks.
Waghmare had sought that the remarks passed against her by special judge ML Tahiliyani while revoking her appointment as Kasab’s lawyer, be expunged.
The special judge had revoked Waghmare’s appointment as Kasab’s lawyer on April 15, 2009, observing that the court had not been informed that she was also a laywer for Harishchandra Shrivarshankar, one of the victims of the 26/11 attacks.
Waghmare had approached the high court saying that the remarks were “incorrect, baseless and frivolous” and sought quashing of the same. On February 5, 2009, she had been appointed as an advocate for Harishchandra Shrivarshankar, a 26/11 victim, 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. However, she had still not filed a vakalatnama (document to be filed by an advocate to be able to represent a client).
On March 30, 2009, she was appointed as advocate for Kasab. Later, Shrivarshankar’s family too met her at the court and she informed them she would not be able to represent them as she had been appointed Kasab’s advocate.