Kasab denies sailing by Kuber, says it was found before

Last Updated: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 19:58

Mumbai: Lone surviving 26/11 perpetrator
Ajmal Kasab on Monday disputed prosecution`s submission that he
and nine others had arrived here on board the Kuber boat,
claiming the vessel was found abandoned by the police a month
before the terror attacks.

"The front page of the station diary shows that this
abandoned vessel was recovered by the police on October 27,
2008, exactly a month before the terror attacks," Kasab`s
lawyer K P Pawar argued before Judge M L Tahaliyani.

Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, however,
contended that if the entries in the station diary were read
in a sequence it would be clear that the vessel was seized by
police on November 27, 2008 and not a month earlier.

Pawar refuted the prosecution`s argument that Kasab
had admitted to the police about their arrival in Mumbai by
the Kuber. He submitted that the police story about recovery
of Kuber at the instance of Kasab was totally false.

If this was true, then Additional Commissioner of
Police S Jagannathan would have mentioned it in the station
diary when he was asked by Joint Commissioner of Police
(Crime) Rakesh Maria to locate Kuber after Kasab`s disclosure,
Pawar said in his final arguments.

"Nowhere in the station diary it is mentioned that
Kuber was recovered at Kasab`s instance," Pawar submitted.
Pawar argued that ACP Jagannathan had not stated in
the station diary that police had learnt from Kasab that Kuber
had been abandoned by terrorists when they arrived in Mumbai
on November 26, 2008.

Hence the `panchnama` showing recovery of the body of
Kuber`s navigator Amarsinh Solanki in the engine room of the
vessel was also false, Pawar submitted, rebutting the
prosecution claim that Kasab had killed Solanki.

Pawar argued Kasab and others could have thrown
Solanki`s body into the sea instead of dumping it in the
engine room of Kuber.

However, Prosecutor Nikam contended Kasab had told a
Magistrate that their handlers in Pakistan had told them to
open the bottom valve of Kuber so that it would sink thereby
destroying evidence, but they had to abandon it in a hurry and
sail in a dinghy after spotting a naval vessel.

Pawar argued that Kasab`s confession before the
Magistrate was in violation of section 164(2) CrPC in as much
as the official had not ascertained whether the accused was
making a true and voluntary disclosure.

Kasab was arrested on November 26, 2008 and after
prolonged police custody he was produced before the Magistrate
on December 17, 2008. The records did not show that the
Magistrate had taken care to ensure that Kasab was not under
police pressure to confess, he argued.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 29, 2010 - 19:58

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