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Court asks prosecution why circumstantial evidence was neglected

The special court trying the 26/11 terror attack case on Friday asked the prosecution why it had not relied on circumstantial evidence in the case.

The special court trying the 26/11 terror attack case on Friday asked the prosecution why it had not relied on circumstantial evidence in the case.

Special Judge ML Tahaliyani said the prosecution had relied primarily on eyewitnesses’ accounts while there was many important circumstantial evidence that could have been brought on record. He mentioned the name of witnesses like DCP Vishwas Nagre Patil who had entered Hotel Taj during the attack and stayed there till the NSG commandos took charge of the situation. “The IPS officers should have been made to depose in the case. It would have proved beneficial.”

The point was raised during the final argument of KP Pawar,the lawyer of arrested Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab. He said the prosecution had brought only police witnesses to build up its case. “The entire case of  CST firing is based on testimonies of policemen and Home Guards. Why were no independent witnesses brought before the court?”

Pawar also challenged the material evidence like photographs that were produced in the court. “If the photographs submitted to the court show that two men were firing at CST,then where did the third bag come from? How did the police later find another bag at the station?”

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Pawar had,on Thursday,told the court that Kasab had been made a scapegoat by the Mumbai police only because he was a Pakistani national; he had come to India a fortnight prior to November 26,2008,and was arrested by the police from the suburban Juhu Chowpatty where he had gone for a stroll.

On Friday,Pawar concluded his argument on the firing at CST and inside Cama Hospital. He will continue his final argument on Monday.

‘Kasab has stomach ulcers,may need surgery’
Mumbai: Police sources on Friday revealed that arrested Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab is suffering from stomach ulcers and the authorities might soon take a decision on whether to subject him to a minor surgery. “Kasab cannot eat a full meal since he has been suffering from some sort of stomach ulcers for some time. The condition can be corrected by a minor surgery. Once the trial is completed,there is a chance that the Prisons Department might take a call on it,” said an officer who did not wish to be named. On completion of the trial,Kasab will be shifted from his special cell inside the Arthur Road. “The Arthur Road Jail is for undertrials; Once the trial is over,Kasab will be shifted either to Yerwada Jail in Pune or to Nagpur jail. He will,however,be kept in a secure anda cell,in solitary confinement,” the officer said.

First published on: 27-03-2010 at 01:08:19 am
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