Kasab’s tantrum; refuses to show up for hearing

Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, Wednesday refused to attend the hearing –via video conference - in Bombay HC on confirmation of his death sentence.

Last Updated: Oct 21, 2010, 00:13 AM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: Known for his moodswings, Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, Wednesday refused to attend the hearing –via video conference - in Bombay High Court on confirmation of his death sentence.

Kasab had yesterday asked for being physically present in the court during the hearings, a request that was turned down by the bench comprising Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More.

Yesterday he had spat on a webcam during hearing, prompting the judges to sternly tell him not to throw tantrums and behave properly.

Both the judges gave the warning when they saw Kasab arguing with policemen and spitting on the camera during the video conference, specially arranged for him to hear the arguments regarding confirmation of the death sentence awarded to him by the trial court, on May 6, for killing 166 persons in the 26/11 terror attacks.

Kasab, incarcerated for over two years in the high
security Arthur Road jail, asked, "Aap mujhe bahar ki duniya
se wakif kijiye. Mujhe America bejh do. Kis charge pe yajan
rakha hai?" (Why don`t you send me out. Send me to America. On
what charge have you kept me here").

However, the judges told him to consult his lawyers on
this issue.

After getting an earful from the judges, Kasab walked
away in a huff following which the judges remarked, "spitting
is not expected (of him)...he (Kasab) has walked out on his
own and the court cannot help it."

The judges also said that there is no requirement in
law to allow Kasab to remain present during the confirmation
of his death sentence. If he does not want to hear then the
court cannot help it.

However, the judges asked the police to ask Kasab
whether he wanted to hear the arguments through video
conference and advised them to keep a record of this.

Following the direction from the court, Kasab’s lawyer Amin Solkar went to Arthur Road Central
Jail last evening to seek instructions from Pakistani
terrorist Ajmal Kasab but prison authorities refused him an
interview with the client saying the gates close in the
evening.

"I told jail officials that the High Court had
directed me to meet Kasab in the evening but they refused
permission saying that visitors were not allowed after 6:30
pm," Solkar said.

Kasab has filed an appeal challenging the capital
punishment. The state too has filed an appeal against the
trial court`s order acquitting Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin
Ahmed due to "doubtful evidence."

With PTI inputs