Kasab demands lawyer from Pakistan

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2009 11:08 hrs

Mumbai: The lone surviving gunman in Mumbai terror attack case, Mohammed Amir Ajmal Kasab, today requested a special court here that a Pakistani lawyer be appointed to defend him after the judge revoked his order appointing Anjali Waghmare as the militant's counsel.

Kasab told Judge M L Tahilyani that he had earlier written a letter to Pakistan Embassy seeking legal assistance. However, the court said that there has been no response from the Pakistan Embassy.

Kasab replied that he would like to try again for a lawyer and Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said his request would be conveyed through proper diplomatic channel. However, the judge said he would not wait for a response from Pakistan and would take a final decision on Kasab's lawyer on Thursday.

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"Considering the nature of the case and its magnitude, to ensure a just and fair trial to Kasab, it was necessary to appoint a lawyer who could handle the case properly," he said. Judge Tahilyani said the court will send a message to the President of Bar Association asking if any lawyer, not from the Legal Aid panel, was ready to represent Kasab.

The costs for this would be borne by the state, he said. Advocate Abbas Kazmi, who was present in the court, was asked to convey this message to the Bar Association and to request its President to come before the court tomorrow so that a final decision on Kasab's lawyer can be taken.

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