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26/11: Maha govt moves HC against acquittal of two accused

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 15:53

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has filed
an appeal in the Bombay High Court challenging a lower court`s
verdict which acquitted two persons of conspiracy charges in
the 26/11 terror attack case.

The two, Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, were
acquitted on May 3 by the trial court which felt that evidence
against the duo was "doubtful".

The state`s appeal was filed on Friday and would come up
for hearing before a bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and
Justice Vijaya Kapse-Tahilramani on August 12, High Court
sources said.

Meanwhile, the lawyers of convicted terrorist Ajmal Kasab
are gearing up to challenge the death sentence awarded to him.

On the same day (August 12), the court would also hear the
matter pertaining to confirmation of death sentence awarded to
Kasab, a Pakistani national, for killing 166 persons along
with nine others on November 26, 2008.

Lawyers Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah, appointed by
Maharashtra state legal services committee to defend Kasab,
are preparing to file an appeal challenging the trial court`s
verdict sentencing him to death for his role in the attacks.

Faheem and Sabauddin, who were acquitted by the trial
court, were charged with participating in the conspiracy to
launch terror attack in the commercial capital of the country.

Faheem was charged with drawing maps and giving them to
Sabauddin for passing them on to LeT which hatched the
conspiracy. The maps were given to terrorists to carry out
dastardly attacks at several places in the city.

The state`s appeal contended that the trial court had
erred in holding that evidence against Faheem and Sabauddin
was "doubtful". On the contrary, it said, the evidence against
the duo was very strong as one of the eye witnesses deposed
against the duo on the conspiracy.

The appeal further contended that this eye witness had
told the court that he had met Faheem in Nepal in January 2008
and in his presence he (Faheem) had handed over maps to
Sabauddin asking the latter to forward them to LeT.

Besides, Faheem had hired a house at Cuffe Parade in an
assumed name before the 26/11 terror attack. Cuffe Parade is
the same area where the 10 terrorists had landed in a boat
from Karachi on the ill-fated night, the appeal said.

Kasab is currently lodged in central Prison in a bomb and
bullet proof cell which is heavily guarded by Indo-Tibetan
Border Security men.


First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 15:53

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