Twelve days after death of prominent defence lawyer Shahid Azmi, his younger brother, Khalid, on Tuesday took over from where Shahid had left.
Twenty-nine-year old Khalid filed his Vakalatnama for defending 26/11 terrorist attack accused Fahim Arshad Ansari. Khalid will replace his slain brother, who was murdered on February 11 in his Kurla office.
Anguish and elements of fear were visible on his face when Khalid sought orders from the special judge M L Tahaliyani restraining media from publishing his name.
The judge asked him to be mentally strong and work without apprehension. Ansari’s wife, Yasmin, said that they were keen on engaging a senior lawyer R B Mokashi.
Khalid obtained law degree from Nalanda Law College in Borivali last year and ever since he has practiced in the Kurla magistrate court.
Although, he has also appeared occasionally in Mumbai sessions court for arguing bail applications, the 26/11 terror attack case is the first major case for Khalid. He said he wasn’t sure if he would take up all the cases Shahid handled. “As of now, I am taking up only those cases, which are okayed by my family members,” said Khalid reluctantly. Mumbai police has decided to provide round-the-clock protection to Khalid.
Plea to summon NIA chief rejected
The special court on Tuesday dismissed Sabauddin Ahmed’s plea for summoning National Investigation Agency chief S C Sinha, Gujarat DGP S S Khandwawala, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s son Rahul and his gym trainer Vilas Warakh. Ahmed’s lawyer Ejaj Naqvi had sought to examine them saying the role played by his client had turned out to be a figment of imagination.