Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin,the two Indians accused in the November 26 terror strikes in Mumbai,have requested a local court to translate the 11,000-page chargesheet file into Urdu.
The duo made this request before a metropolitan magistrate on March 6 stating that the chargesheet filed by the Mumbai crime branch is in English and Marathi,which the two do not understand.
The magistrate will pass an order on the request on Monday.
Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab,the lone terrorist caught alive in the 26/11 attack,is also likely to make a similar request,sources said.
If the court accepts the request then the crime branch will have to first comply with the order after which the case will be committed to the special court set up inside the high security Arthur Road prison.
“If the magistrate directs the prosecution to translate the chargesheet in Urdu,then that will have to be complied with before the case is committed to the sessions court,” special public prosecutor Ujwal Nikam said.
The crime branch had on February 25 filed a 11,000-page chargesheet against 38 accused in connection with the audacious terror strikes that killed over 170 persons.
Out of the 38 accused,35 Pakistani nationals and operatives of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have been shown as wanted.
Among them include Zaki-ur-Rehman Laqvi,Yousif Muzammil,Abu Kafa,Abu Ramza and Zarar Shah. It also includes names of two suspected army men — Major General Saab and Colonel R Saadat Ullah.
The accused have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC),including waging war against the nation and criminal conspiracy,and under the Foreigners Act,Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act,Arms Act,Explosives Act and Customs Act.
The trial will be conducted in a special court set up inside the Arthur Road prison,which will be presided by Judge M L Tahilyani.
Kasab,Faheem and Sabauddin are currently lodged inside the Arthur Road jail.
On November 26,2008,a group of ten terrorists had attacked various locations in the city such as Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus,Hotels Taj and Trident and Nariman House.
Nine out of those terrorists were killed in a stand-off with the security forces.