July 9, 2009 1:45:45 am
The lone surviving terrorist arrested for the 26/11 attacks,Ajmal Amir Kasab,on Wednesday asked for more books during his trial. He even asked his lawyer Abbas Kazmi to purchase some books for him using the money that the police had seized from him at the time of his arrest.
This is the second time that Kasab has made such a request to the court.
After having a chat with Kasab inside the courtroom,Kazmi informed the court that he was asking for more books for reading inside the jail. He said that Kasab wanted to read books as he was getting bored inside the jail. Kazmi told the court that Kasab wanted the money seized by the police at the time of his arrest to be released so that it could be used for purchasing books. Kazmi later explained to Kasab that the money seized at the time of his arrest could not be released. Kazmi assured the court that he would provide Kasab some more books at his own expense.
Kazmi had earlier given four Urdu short story books to Kasab. Kasab had also made a request for newspapers in the prison. But the court turned down his request.
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Meanwhile,heavy downpour led to waterlogging on the court premises. There was knee-deep water in the passage leading to the court.
Due to waterlogging,the court proceedings had to be adjourned. Also,Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam informed the court that a witness couldnt turn up due to heavy rains and sought adjournment.
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