Kasab may be produced before HC through video link
Maharashtra Government may seek permission of the Bombay High Court to produce convicted terrorist Ajmal Kasab through video link.
Mumbai: Maharashtra Government may seek permission of the Bombay High Court to produce convicted terrorist Ajmal Kasab through video link when confirmation of
his death sentence in the 26/11 terror attack case comes up for hearing on a day-to-day basis next month.
The court proceedings are expected to last for three months and producing Kasab before the High Court every day amid tight security will be an uphill task for the administration, official sources said here today.
The authorities will have to take utmost precaution in bringing Kasab from Central prison at Arthur Road here to the High Court in south Mumbai every day by deploying several policemen enroute and also to escort him, they added.
"We may approach the High Court at an appropriate time for video conference facility to ensure presence of Kasab during the proceedings," Government Counsel Ujjwal Nikam told a news agency.
Currently, Kasab is lodged in an isolated cell in the Central Prison and heavily guarded by Indo-Tibetan Border Security men.
22-year old Kasab was found guilty of killing 166 people along with nine other terrorists who came from Karachi in Pakistan to execute terror attacks here.
The trial was conducted in a special court within the premises of the Prison. Kasab`s cell and the barrack housing the court had turned into a fortress with bomb and bullet-proof reinforcements.
The trial court awarded capital punishment to Kasab while acquitting two others, Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, on conspiracy charges. The state has filed an appeal challenging their acquittal.
Maharashtra state legal services committee has already appointed two lawyers, Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah, to defend Kasab at state`s expense. Both have informed the High Court that they would soon file an appeal against death sentence imposed on Kasab.