Claims made by constable Arun Jadhav,who was in a police jeep when ATS chief Hemant Karkare,IPS officer Ashok Kamte and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar were gunned down by terrorists,were partially discarded by the special court on Monday. Concluding that Jadhav had exaggerated in his statement,the court observed that Jadhav had been inconsistent with his testimony and had lied partly.
During cross-examination,Jadhav had said that but for Kasab,another constable might have survived the encounter. Jadhav had said,When the mobile phone of an unconscious Yogesh Patil rang,Kasab [sitting in front seat opened fire,ripping the middle seat and hitting Yogesh. Patil,who was still gasping,died of the injury.
The court rejected this part of Jadhavs statement and observed that Jadhav had just lied before the court,for reasons unknown. He exaggerated in his statement and this point that Kasab opened fire inside the car was a lie, said special judge M L Tahaliyani.
Later,Jadhav told Newsline,I have heard what happened in court,and the fact that Kasab has been found guilty. However,there is nothing I can say about the courts ruling at this moment.
The court,however,did not discard his entire testimony. There is no reason to reject his statement completely. Certain points are definitely exaggerated but otherwise he has aided the prosecutions claim.
Jadhavs statement was recorded in July last year,where he had also claimed that Kasab had also mouthed Hindi expletives while pulling out the bodies of top cops from the jeep. An agitated Kasab had then interrupted the court. Kasab claimed that what Jadhav had said about his firing in the car was a lie. Jhooth jhooth hota hain (A lie is a lie ),Kasab had said.