Prosecution ‘vindictive’, says Fahim’s lawyer
A defence counsel on Tuesday alleged that the prosecution was conducting the 26/11 trial against Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab and two other accused in a vindictive manner.
Kasab is the lone terror suspect captured alive during the November 26 terror attack.
The allegation came after prosecution witness, Assistant Police Inspector Subhash Warang, refused to accept some suggestions put forth by Shahid Aazmi, who is defending ‘mapmaker’ Fahim Ansari.
The defence counsel was grilling Warang about blood stains seen on the trousers of Kasab’s slain accomplice Abu Ismail, when objections were raised by both sides over issues such as which side of the trousers was the right one and whether stains seen at some places were of blood.
Aazmi pointed towards Warang and alleged that the prosecution witnesses were not even admitting to obvious things.
“This shows how thick-skinned the prosecution witnesses were,” he told special judge M.L. Tahaliyani.
Aazmi alleged that the prosecution was conducting the trial in a “vindictive manner”, after special prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam took strong objection to his observation.
Aazmi grilled Warang for more than two hours. Warang had conducted inquest and seizure panchnama on Abu Ismail’s body and also seizure panchnama of Kasab’s and Ismail’s clothes.
The sketch allegedly drawn by Fahim and passed on to the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba was recovered from Ismail’s possession.
Aazmi claimed that the sketch would not fit in Ismail’s trouser pocket, folded into four — that’s how the police purportedly recovered it — without being crumbled.
But the judge stopped him from asking any question to the witness saying no evidence from witnesses was required for the points, which could be proved independently.
On Tuesday, Aazmi also succeeded in bringing on record a contradiction in Warang’s evidence.
The policeman flip-flopped a number of times when asked about photographing of articles seized from Kasab and Ismail.