Kasab not interested in 26/11 case: Lawyer

Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab sentenced to death for his role in 26/11 terror attacks does not have any interest in the hearing of his appeal in the Bombay High Court says his lawyer.

Mumbai: Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, sentenced to death for his role in 26/11 terror attacks, does not have any interest in the hearing of his appeal in the Bombay High Court and seems to be lost in his own world, his lawyer Amin Solkar said on Sunday.

Solkar, who met Kasab in his heavily guarded bullet and bomb-proof cell at Arthur Road Central Prison here on Saturday, said, "He does not evince interest in the 26/11
case".

"We talked about religion and things in general but often he went off at the tangent and diverted from the topic...I think he is lost in his own world," Solkar said.

"Kasab seems to be medically fit and showed interest in reading books. I have promised to give him some story books in Urdu as he is proficient in that language," Solkar said.
The jail authorities have already provided him with the holy Quran and Kasab recites the verses regularly.

"All that I can understand from meeting him is that he is unpredictable. He says one thing at a particular moment and suddenly switches to another topic," Solkar said.

Asked what was his purpose of meeting Kasab, Solkar said, "I wanted to know his mental frame of mind because of the tantrums he has been throwing in the court and jail."

Meanwhile, hearing on Kasab`s appeal and confirmation of his death sentence would resume on Monday before Justice
Ranjana Desai and Justice RV More in the Bombay High Court after Diwali vacations and his lawyers have geared up to submit arguments.

On Monday, Government Counsel Ujjwal Nikam would harp on Kasab`s confession and his admission of guilt in the trial court on how he and other terrorists had come from Karachi to strike terror in the commercial capital of India.

"I would focus on the conspiracy of Lashkar-e-Taiba to give military and intelligence to Kasab and nine others who came by sea route and killed 166 persons at Nariman House and hotels Taj Mahal and Oberoi," Nikam said.

Nikam would highlight Kasab`s confession in which he has described how the security apparatus of Pakistan was used to train terrorists for the attack in Mumbai.

Nikam has already submitted arguments on the role played by Kasab in gunning down people at Chhatrapati Shivaji railway terminus, in and outside Cama hospital, and planting a bomb in a taxi.

Defence lawyers would argue that identification of Kasab by witnesses in the court did not have evidential value because his photographs were flashed in newspapers and on TV on the day of attacks. "There is no evidence to show that Kasab conspired with other accused to strike terror and also he did not participate in the strikes", Solkar said.

Nikam would take at least a week to conclude his arguments following which Kasab`s lawyers Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah would give their submissions. This would be followed by arguments from Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, who were acquitted by the court as evidence against them was doubtful.

PTI

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