Ajmal Kasab ‘never asked’ for mutton biryani, I cooked it up: Ujjwal Nikam

That one remark of Nikam had led to public demands for a quick trial.

Written by Aamir Khan | Mumbai | Updated: March 21, 2015 11:06 am
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Ujjwal Nikam, the special public prosecutor who argued on behalf of the state during the 26/11 Mumbai attack trial, disclosed Friday that executed terrorist Ajmal Kasab had “never demanded nor was he given” mutton biryani while in custody. He said he “made up the statement… just to divert people’s attention”.

That one remark of Nikam had led to public demands for a quick trial. It became a common refrain on social media and elsewhere — “why feed them biryani” became a catchphrase whether it was a discussion on Afzal Guru or the Coast Guard’s sinking of a Pakistani boat off the coast of Gujarat.

Nikam, who made this admission at a counter-terrorism conference in Jaipur Friday, told The Indian Express later: “Media has to play a responsible role and has to be vigilant. They hyped his tears and portrayed him as a scapegoat, a young boy, which was not right.

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Following the media hype, I saw a tilt in people’s perspectives. It was then that I made up the statement and said he (Kasab) had demanded mutton biryani just to divert the people’s attention.”

“There was a hullabaloo after the media reported that Kasab had turned emotional and was crying during the trial. There should not be a media trial as Kasab was not repenting, he was only pretending,” Nikam said.

Senior lawyer Rohini Salian, who was public prosecutor in prominent trials including the Ghatkopar and Mulund bomb blasts case, said such a comment should never have been made by an officer of the court.

“We are representatives of the public as well as the society. As an officer of the court, I have no right to come to a conclusion. It is my duty to present the truth to the court and then leave it to the court to take a decision. As prosecutors, we can’t be biased. We must present the case independently and without hatred for anyone,” Salian said, adding that prosecutors must not make comments for publicity.

Abbas Kazmi, the lawyer who represented Kasab during the 26/11 trial, slammed Nikam, saying he had insisted all along that Kasab never asked for biryani.

“Nikam also claimed that Kasab had demanded expensive perfume. That too wasn’t the case. Kasab told me the toilet in his cell had a broken flush and he, therefore, requested some ittar.” Kazmi said Nikam had “no right to instigate the common man… it was unethical, immoral and was meant to misguide the court”.

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    Sree
    Feb 12, 2016 at 9:33 am
    People are so sympathetic to the terrorist. Hope people wont say the photo image of him walking with gun in the railway station is photoshop by Modi and team. When its very evident whatvhe did, does it really matter if PP lied to bring back the attention and stop hype by media. Its for good and always for good. Any lies in that direction is acceptable
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      R.A Kokiloo
      Feb 11, 2016 at 5:48 pm
      This is my India gt; Pinning anybody, putting innocents on false trial is a common feature of law (Advocate) fraternity. What else has remained to discuss.................
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        tuan
        Feb 12, 2016 at 8:05 am
        This is why every stani feel that Parion from India was the best thing ever happened to them.These kind of behavior against another done with malicious intent always divide people and nations.
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          Sirish
          Mar 21, 2015 at 4:19 pm
          Only in our country a person can proudly say he is a liar and public will still support him!! This lawyer's actions where unethical and immoral.
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            prakash
            Mar 21, 2015 at 9:37 am
            This admission just shows that he influenced public opinion. Can anyone imagine that Kasab was innocent. Justice was done, court was not influenced by Nikam's statement or public opinion. The 160 odd people who died by the hands of these terrorists were common people who did not have anything to do with stan. Can anyone make the mistake of thinking that Kasab was a kid.... he was a terrorist...
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              TIHAEwale
              Mar 21, 2015 at 9:35 am
              Let him practice his style but Ujjwal Nikam should not be igned any brief by the State.
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                Ruth Mesa
                Mar 21, 2015 at 4:29 pm
                Abbas Kazmi, What is Perfume and what is ittar? You denied the attack was for hatred of Kuffars stan is promoting?
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                  Ruth Mesa
                  Mar 21, 2015 at 4:31 pm
                  Why you bombed Bohra mosque last week in Karachi and Christian churches in stan and Killed 54 Shias in Yemen mosques? Still on denial?.
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                    J.S.Acharya Acharya
                    Mar 21, 2015 at 3:18 pm
                    The guy's sheepish revelation is shocking.He could have shut his trap.
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                      ada
                      Mar 21, 2015 at 10:55 am
                      Liar, Liar, Lawyer.....Shame
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                        sunny
                        Mar 21, 2015 at 10:13 pm
                        look at this ujwal lying to the court and press and he is laughing as if all others are fool
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                          Ali Shahanshah
                          Mar 21, 2015 at 6:51 am
                          Nikam did not use the proper procedures but he ended Kasb's suffering with a quick decision by feeding such stories!
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                            Ali Shahanshah
                            Mar 21, 2015 at 6:50 am
                            Nikam made Kasab"s suffering shorter.The methods he used were innovative and won him accolades in the Law Fraternity
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                              alka
                              Mar 21, 2015 at 10:54 am
                              Paid Media make heavy noise BAN IE
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                                Alok Sharma
                                Mar 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm
                                Well, even if he lied, it only helped bring speedy justice to the victims of the attack. I stand by and support what Nikam did.
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                                  Amnah Khalid
                                  Mar 21, 2015 at 7:32 am
                                  This is called lairs of the highest order, you killed a boy tuned man do u realise ??? Playing with public opinion to tilt his way and blaming media for it is this called legally right its called influencing the outcome of a case and breaching of conduct of profession....another practice licence be revoked Bar Council after the Rape lawyers, clean up the judiciary. A review to investigate must be initiated if miscarriage of justice took place.
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                                    M Alam
                                    Mar 21, 2015 at 5:16 am
                                    what other things you cooked up sir? go the w nine yards now and tell the complete truth to us gullible people.
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                                      Diplomat
                                      Mar 23, 2015 at 10:46 am
                                      It is very surprising that public prosecutor felt that kasab was getting sympathy from people and he chose to lie in public to change people's opinion. As a public prosecutor, he was to work with the available evidence and push for maximum punishment under the law. It was very black & white since public had already seen Kasab killing people and that he would never walk free. There was no chance that any small variation in people's perspective would have affected court decision. If PP thought so, it was very unfortunate.
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                                        Anil Tandale
                                        Mar 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm
                                        Such disclosures have got potential to disturb communal harmony at the behest of jingoistic, right-wing, obscurantist forces who are on prowl to hound the minorities to damage the secular fabric of the country.
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                                          Anish Matthew
                                          Mar 21, 2015 at 10:45 am
                                          This is not a news at all. We are shame of a media like this giving importance for this.
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                                            ansuman gautam
                                            Mar 22, 2015 at 8:19 am
                                            The courts always remains misguided as the lawyers are essentially lie-yers. Lakhs of 498A arrests and harment by courts and police stands testimony to this.
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