Mumbai terror attack footage to be screened in apex court

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 22, 2012 17:40 hrs

New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) CCTV recordings of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack by Pakistani terrorists and the audio recordings of their intercepted mobile phone conversations will be played Thursday in the Supreme Court, which is hearing an appeal by Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone attacker captured alive, against the death sentence awarded to him.

The apex court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice C.K. Prasad Wednesday asked senior counsel Gopal Subramanium appearing for the Maharashtra government to arrange for the screening of the video footage and playing of the audio recordings.

The court decided to view the footage and hear the telephone intercepts after Subramanium told it that the evidence showed that the attack was planned in advance.

Subramanium told the court "we will arrange the projection of footage of attack at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) and other places in the their (judges') chamber".

Justice Alam said "wee will like to view it along with the team of lawyers from both the sides".

The court is hearing Kasab's plea challenging the upholding of his conviction and award of death penalty by the Bombay High Court.

The court Feb 15 was told that 10 Pakistani terrorists who had divided themselves into five groups of two each were not only killing but even talking to each other and the conversation at Nariman House between different terror groups lasted 32 hours.

Subramanium took the court through various pieces of evidence to show that the attack was well thought.

The court observed the "targets were not selected randomly but they were picked up precisely. They knew exactly where they were going", as the senior counsel told the court that "they (Pakistani terrorists) knew the exact point where they had to get down and go".

The senior counsel told the court that all the five mobile phones of that were recovered from terrorist were manufactured in China. Two phones each were recovered from Taj Mahal Palace Hotel and Nariman House and one from Oberoi hotel.

Piecing together evidence, including the hijacking of ship M.B. Kuber, recovery of geo-positioning systems, mobile phones and other things, Subramanium told the court that they provided "evidence of impeccable variety".

"What was found in Kuber had a bearing and resemblance with what happened in Mumbai and thereafter," Subramanium told the court.

Kasab was convicted and awarded the death sentence by a Mumbai trial court May 6, 2010. Besides other charges, he was convicted for waging war against India. The Bombay High Court upheld the verdict Feb 21, 2011.

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