Nikam denies allegation that map was planted in 26/11 case
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:39
Mumbai: Government counsel Ujjwal Nikam on Tuesday assailed the defence argument that the map of 26/11 targets was planted by investigators to implicate LeT suspects Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, saying it was recovered by police from slain terrorist Abu Ismael's trousers.

The investigating agency has done its job honestly and to charge it with such malicious statement is not in the interests of justice, Nikam said, arguing the state's appeal against trial court's order acquitting Faheem and Sabauddin.

Nikam sought to counter Faheem's argument that no blood stains were found on the map though police's case is that Ismael sustained fatal bullet injuries in an encounter at Girgaum on the day of terror attacks.

Faheem's lawyer R B Mokashi had earlier drawn court's attention to a diagram in state's appeal which showed blood marks on one side of the right pocket from where the map was found. He argued that the blood should have seeped inside and stained the map.

Nikam argued today that Ismael had sustained seven injuries of which five were on the left side and only two on the right side - in finger and arm. Since map was found in the right pocket how could it have had blood stains, he asked.

Nikam invited the court's attention to the front portion of the right pocket of Ismael's trousers (produced in the court) and pointed out there were no blood marks in this area.

Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab today did not appear on the video screen put up specially for him to hear the proceedings through video conference from the jail.


First Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 21:39

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