Kasab's case to wind up in 3 weeks: Ujjwal Nikam

Kasab`s case to wind up in 3 weeks: Ujjwal Nikam Mumbai: The judgement in the 26/11 case is expected to be delivered by the year end as the prosecution has still to examine few witnesses before winding up its case against Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab and two others who are charged with killing 166 persons.

"We shall close our evidence within three weeks after examining few more witnesses," Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said to a news agency.

The court would then record the statement of accused under section 313 of CrPC. Under this section, the accused are given an opportunity to be heard after the completion of the trial.

The accused would also be allowed to examine defence witnesses if they want to do so, Nikam said.

Both the sides, prosecution and defence, would then put up their arguments and the court would pronounce its verdict. All this may take two months, Nikam said.

The prosecution has examined more than 232 witnesses. Few more witnesses, including two personnel of NSG and a handwriting expert from Uttar Pradesh, are expected to depose in the next three weeks.

Kasab is facing the charge of killing the people in terror attacks in Mumbai on November 26 last year along with nine other terrorists who were killed by security forces.

Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed are facing the charge of preparing maps and handing them over to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) conspirators in Pakistan to execute the attacks.

Bureau Report