The trial in the Mumbai terror attacks case will begin on March 23 with a metropolitan magistrate on Monday committing the proceedings to the special session court set up inside the high-security Arthur Road prison in Mumbai.
Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab,the lone terrorist caught in connection with the terror strikes,for the first time interacted through video conferencing with magistrate N N Shrimangale from the jail premises.
“I am committing the case to sessions for trial,” the magistrate said.
During the video conferencing,Kasab told the magistrate that he did not understand the chargesheet filed in English and Marathi.
The magistrate told the accused that he could make his plea before the special court.
Kasab,arrested on November 26,has never been produced in open court due to security concerns. He is presently lodged in a high security barrack of the Arthur Road jail in central Mumbai.
The Mumbai police has filed its chargesheet against Kasab and two others,Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed,for their alleged involvement in the terror strikes in which over 160 persons were killed.
KASAB’S INMATES IN ARTHUR RD. JAIL TO BE SHIFTED
Perceiving a potential threat to the arrested terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab,jail authorities will shift some of the inmates lodged in the Central Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail to the newly-constructed Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai,sources said.
“Some prisoners will be shifted to Taloja jail to ensure better security of Kasab as we do not want to take any risks,” said a police source.
The source did not divulge the names of the prisoners who will be shifted to Taloja jail,the biggest jail in the state which was inaugurated in March last year to decongest other prisons in the state.
The source added that the Arthur Road jail has about 1,800 prisoners against a capacity of 800 inmates.
Extradited gangster Abu Salem,gangster Chhota Rajan’s right hand D K Rao,alleged members of Indian Mujahideen and 2008 Malegaon blast accused,who have been currently lodged in different barracks of the jail’s Anda Cell,are likely to be soon shifted to Taloja jail,spread over 27 acres.
Once the shifting of the prisoners is completed,Kasab ill be the only inmate lodged in Anda Cell,the sources said.