Kasab asks to meet Waghmare, terror trial to begin April 15


Mumbai : Mohammed Ajmal Amir alias Kasab, the lone Pakistani terrorist captured alive in the 26/11 attack, Monday expressed a desire to meet his advocate Anjali Waghmare as the special court set April 15 for beginning the trial into the terror attacks case.

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Kasab, appearing in video-conference before the special court, expressed his desire to meet Waghmare, a government lawyer appointed by Special Judge Tahilyani last week to defend the Pakistani terrorist.

Accepting his request, the court directed Swati Sathe, superintendent of the Arthur Road Central Jail, where Kasab is housed, to fix a suitable date and time when Kasab and Waghmare could meet.

Judge Tahilyani also directed Swati to collect a copy of the charge-sheet from Kasab and bring it to the special court on April 8 so that it could be handed over to Waghmare.

The trial into the Nov 26-29, 2008, Mumbai carnage will be conducted in the high-security Arthur Road Jail in south Mumbai where Kasab and two other Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) activists are held in detention.

In a related development, co-accused Faheem Ansari told the court that the police were pressurizing his family members to seek an advocate from the government’s Legal Aid Cell. He also sought a month’s time from the special court to finalise his lawyer.

Special Public Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam said the date of the trial has been rescheduled since the work on setting up the special court inside the jail premises was not yet complete.