Terming his trial by a special court as "unfair", Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab today demanded a retrial of 26/11 case claiming that important witnesses were not examined, material evidence not tabled and norms not followed in appointing lawyers to defend him.
Opening arguments to defend Kasab in the Bombay High Court, his lawyer Amin Solkar argued that the 23-year-old should be tried afresh as important witnesses were not examined and cited the Best Bakery case in which Supreme Court had ordered retrial on the same ground.
Kasab, who along with nine other terrorists had struck Mumbai two years ago leaving 166 people dead, was sentenced to death by a special court in May.
Solkar said Anita Udaiya, an eye witness who had claimed to have seen terrorists getting down from a speed boat at fishermen's colony in South Mumbai on the day of terror attacks, was not examined in the trial.
She had later identified bodies of terrorists who were killed by armed forces in a pitched battle. In JJ hospital morgue, Anita had identified the bodies of slain gunmen who had arrived by the boat, Solkar said.
Another witness, Parasnath Giri, an RPF constable, who had sustained a bullet injury on chest when terrorists fired at him at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, was also not examined.
Solkar said that record of talks between slain police officer Hemant Karkare and staff of police control room on wireless was not produced in the trial.
This would have thrown light on what had transpired in and around Cama Hospital when Kasab and his accomplice Abu Ismael allegedly struck.
Solkar also said that appointment of lawyers Abbas Kazmi and K P Pawar to defend Kasab in the trial court was also not in conformity with the law.
Kasab, who is lodged in high-security Arthur Road Jail, did not appear today through the video conference link specially put up in the court for the trial.