With the 90-day deadline to file the chargesheet in the 26/11 terror attacks in sight,the Mumbai Police Crime Branch has finally received sanction to charge Ajmal Amir Kasab,the lone terrorist caught alive in the case,as well as his accomplices,with waging war against the nation.
The Mumbai Police have also admitted that a threat to Kasabs life from the underworld existed but denied reports about any gangster having been assigned the job to eliminate him.
The approval to file the chargesheet,which was pending with the state Government,came even as Crime Branch officials refused to set a date to file the same but assured to meet the deadline of February 24.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said,We will file the chargesheet shortly and definitely within the 90-day period. But,I am not in a position to specify an exact date. The chargesheet in this case will be scrutinised not only in India,but in different nations as these attacks were quite unique with a combination of different terror techniques rolled into one,possibly for the first time.
Following the attacks,the state Government and Mumbai Police had assured of filing the chargesheet within 60 days. However,the deadline could not be met as necessary sanctions to file a chargesheet under different sections of the IPC,the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC),the Explosives Substances Act,the Arms Act,the Customs Act and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) were pending from different authorities.
Sources also revealed that the sanction to use Section 188 of the CrPC,which deals with an offence committed by a foreign national in a foreign country and then applying it to a resulting crime in India,is also due to be received from the Centre by Thursday.
According to Crime Branch sources,while foreign nationals of 15 countries were killed in the attacks,five of these nations the US,Singapore,Italy,France and Japan have registered offences in their own nations over the deaths of their citizens. Teams from these countries said they had registered offences in their own countries for the deaths of their citizens in the attacks. At a later stage,the situation might also arise where they could seek extradition of Kasab, said the official.
About threat to Kasabs life from the underworld,Maria said,We have always known that a threat to his life exists. That is why we have not produced him in open court. We have been receiving general inputs regarding this threat. To outsource the job to the Dawood gang would be a logical option for someone wishing to eliminate Kasab.
Meanwhile,Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Deven Bharti,Senior Police Inspector Arun Chavan and Police Inspector Dinesh Kadam left for the US on Monday to share information with security agencies there and to gather know-how on forensic and technical expertise such as methods of data retrieval from them.