Kasab lawyer files contempt plea against gymkhana
Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab’s advocate, Abbas Kazmi, on Thursday moved a contempt plea before the special court seeking action against Islam Gymkhana for removing him as a trustee.
The board of trustees of the Gymkhana had ‘strongly’ condemned Kazmi in its meeting on April 23 for accepting the brief of Kasab. It also removed Kazmi from the post of a trustee saying the latter had damaged the image of the Gymkhana.
It has also called a special general body meeting on June 6 to consider terminating the lawyer’s primary membership. Kazmi, in his application filed under Contempt of Courts Act, has contended that the action is nothing but an attempt to deter him from carrying out his professional duty (to defend Kasab).
He argued that since the court had appointed him as Kasab’s lawyer, the attempt to deter him from defending Kasab amounts to contempt of court. He requested special judge M.L. Tahaliyani to issue notice to the president of the Gymkhana, Zakaul Siddhiqui.
The lawyer was appointed as a trustee in October last year. The court will hear Kazmi’s application on Monday.
Special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam moved an application on Thursday seeking the mention of liberation of Kashmir as the larger motive behind the 26/11 attack in the charges framed against Kasab, Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed.
The court clarified that the prosecution case of the larger motive has not been rejected. The court also recorded deposition of Sub-Inspector Sanjay Gaikwaad, attached to DB Marg police station, who had drawn the panchnama of slain assistant sub-inspector Tukaram Ombale’s body and clothes.