Gearing up for the next stage in the 26/11 Mumbai attack case,the state government has appointed former solicitor general of India Gopal Subramanium as its counsel in the Supreme Court.
The case was handled by senior public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam in the trial court and the Bombay High Court and he will continue aiding the investigating team with Subramanium as a senior counsel.
The state on Monday issued a Government Resolution appointing me and Subramanium as the counsel, said Nikam.
Last May,the trial court had convicted Ajmal Kasab,the lone Pakistani gunman arrested from the 10 attackers who laid siege to Mumbai for nearly three days in November 2008. Kasab was found guilty of a host of offences,including waging war against India,murder,attempted murder and terrorist acts after a trial was conducted in the high-security Arthur Road Jail,and was sentenced to death. The Bombay High Court also later confirmed the sentence.
However,the state suffered two embarrassing blows both the trial court and the Bombay High Court acquitted two Indians,Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed,who were co-accused in the case. In both cases,the court had observed there was not enough evidence against the two,who were accused of being co-conspirators and of aiding and abetting terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba in conducting the attacks.
Subramanium,the second senior-most law officer of the government,quit last month after taking exception to Union Communications Minister Kapil Sibal substituting him with senior counsel Rohinton Nariman in the 2G spectrum scam case. Nariman was later appointed as the Solicitor General of India on July 28. Subramanium was the solicitor general between June 2009 and July 2011.
Along with challenging Kasabs appeal against his death sentence before the apex court,another task for the prosecution is to prove that the HC and the trial court erred in acquitting Ansari and Ahmed,as they have claimed in their appeal filed in June this year.
During the trial,the prosecution produced fingerprints,DNA,eyewitnesses and CCTV footage showing Kasab opening fire and throwing grenades during the attacks.