Court to decide if TV footage on Kasab amounts to contempt

Mumbai: A special court hearing the 26/11 attacks case on Thursday said it would go into the issue of whether the footage shown on television channels on interrogation of Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab constituted contempt.

Judge M L Tahaliyani asked special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam to furnish a list of the channels which showed the CD on their networks.

The CD formed part of the case diaries and showing it on national channels while the trial was in progress might invite contempt action, the judge observed.

Accepting an affidavit filed by ACP Tanaji Gadge, who had interrogated Kasab, the court asked how the CD was leaked to the media.

Prosecutor Nikam said it was for the television channels to disclose from where they had got the material.

Gadge said seven copies had been made of the original CD on Kasab's interrogation. One copy was given to the police commissioner, another to DCP Sanjay Mohite and the third to ACP Kargaonkar while the rest were lying with him.

Kasab, who is not keeping well for the last few days, was not brought to the court today.

In another development, a doctor who conducted post mortem of Amarsingh Solanki, navigator of the fishing trawler "Kuber" used by the terrorists, deposed before the court.

Solanki was murdered by Kasab and his companions in the trawler when they were in the international waters. On reaching Mumbai coast, they left the body in "Kuber" and went to their respective targets to strike terror.

Doctor Gajanan Chavan told the court that Solanki had received external injuries with a knife or some sharp object.

Solanki's throat was slit open before the terrorists abandoned the trawler on the shores of Mumbai.