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Gag prosecutor from making public comments on trial,lawyers urge state

Lawyers in Pune have urged the government to gag special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam who,they say,is making “attempts to conduct a trial outside the court for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks”.

Written by MANOJ MORE | Mumbai |
July 28, 2009 12:39:27 am

Lawyers in Pune have urged the government to gag special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam who,they say,is making “attempts to conduct a trial outside the court for the 26/11 Mumbai attacks”. Nearly 20 lawyers passed a resolution criticising Nikam for “sitting in judgment before the final verdict is out”.

Contacted for his reaction,Nikam said,“No comment.”

Advocate Sushil Mancharkar,who was at the meeting,said,“From Nikam’s media briefings,you get the feeling he is conducting a trial outside the court. At one briefing,Nikam said he would seek Ajmal Kasab’s conviction one of the charges. How can Nikam comment on conviction? Is he the judge or the advocate?” Mancharkar added. He also criticised Nikam’s dismissal of Kasab’s confession also came under criticism.

Fellow-advocate Satish Gorde said no public prosecutor is ever allowed by the state government to speak publicly on any matter that is sub-judice.

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Mancharkar said Nikam’s comments could invite a contempt-of-court notice. “This happened a few years ago when Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray said Sanjay Dutt should get bail in the case involving possession of arms,” he said.

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