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‘Weak’ charges in 26/11 case may be dropped

While submitting its draft charges as a precursor to the special court framing charges against Ajmal Amir Kasab and his co-accused Fahim Ansari...

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury | Mumbai |
April 14, 2009 11:33:47 pm

While submitting its draft charges as a precursor to the special court framing charges against Ajmal Amir Kasab and his co-accused Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed in the 26/11 terror attacks trial that begins on Wednesday,the prosecution is likely to drop as many as seven sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) that the three accused have been booked for.

According to sources,the charges being dropped are “simple sections” that could weaken the entire case if applied.

Sources confirmed that while the accused were booked under sections pertaining to causing grievous hurt,these sections will be dropped in the draft charges as the terrorists were given specific orders to shoot at sight and kill as many people as they could. Thus four sections — punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt (Section 325),voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapon or means (Section 326),voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty (Section 332) and voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from his duty (Section 333) — will be omitted from the draft charges.

“Sections of murder and attempt to murder had already been applied in the case,and they are sufficient,” said a source. According to sources,the other IPC sections that will be dropped from the draft charges are assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty (Section 353),punishment for cheating by impersonation (Section 419) and mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees (Section 427).

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First published on: 14-04-2009 at 11:33:47 pm

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