September 9, 2009 5:15:06 am
The special sessions court hearing the 26/11 case sent a witness,a police inspector of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS),back to UP to get some original documents relevant to the case which are with Rampur court,on Tuesday. ATS officer Omprakash Tripathi had arrested co-accused Fahim Ansari on February 10,2008,near the Rampur bus stand with a Pakistani passport and 10 location maps of Mumbai.
The witness excused himself saying that the Rampur court had directed him to get orders from Lucknow High Court for carrying the documents to Mumbai. If he (the Rampur judge) says that we need permission from the High Court,its strange, remarked judge Tahaliyani. The judge also found it strange that no written order was passed on the Tripathis application for obtaining the documents. Special sessions judge M L Tahaliyani then passed a request order to the Additional Sessions judge Shrikrishna Singh in Rampur,Uttar Pradesh,asking him to hand over the seized documents to the ATS officer or sent it through the registrar or court staff,according to his convenience.
Tripathi,who traveled 26 hours from Lucknow to Mumbai,promised the court that he would come again to depose after he gets the relevant documents in hand.
On Tuesday,as soon as Tripathi stepped in the box he submitted attested copies of the documents seized by him and replied that the originals were with the Rampur court. He added that he had moved the court in Rampur for obtaining the documents but was refused. The judge said that we need the permission of the Lucknow High Court, Tripathi told the court.
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The prosecution has alleged that Ansari had done a recce of the targets attacked by Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives and handed over the maps to LeT higher ups in Pakistan through co-accused Sabahuddin Ahmed.
Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam,said,The materials seized from Ansari are an important piece of evidence to prove that the LeT had meticulously planned the Mumbai terror attacks well in advance from Pakistan. Ansari was one part of the entire conspiracy, he said.
Tahaliyani had ordered Tripathi to be present in court on September 1 with all the original documents.
Meanwhile,the prosecution also examined a spot witness,Dilip Vagaskar,a vegetable vendor who was present at the spot of Mazgaon taxi blast on November 26,2008. Vagaskar said that he saw broken pieces of taxi,legs of a body on the steering wheel,taxi registration papers and a severed head of a man nearby.
The court also passed an order that it is unsafe for the court to store RDX and that it should be disposed of by the police with the help BDDS. The order came after the cross-examination of assistant chemical analyzer Sandeep Shetty on Tuesday.
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