A special at Arthur Jail Road has taken on record the guild plea made by prime Mumbai terror attacks accused Amir Ajmal Kasab and ordered the case to continue.
In his order, Special Judge M L Tahilyani said that the court has come to a conclusion that Kasab’s statement should be recorded and at an appriate stage, considered as evidence. In addition, he instructed the prosecution to continue with the trial and produce witnesses in the afternoon session.
It may be mentioned that Kasab, in a dramatic development, had confessed his crime on July 20, admitting his involvement in terror strikes at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and other locations.
The Special judge, explaining his decision to Kasab said, “Aap ke khilaaf 86 charges frame kiye the. Apne sab nahin kabule hain, lekin gunaah kabool kiya hai. Isiliye court ne decision liya hai ki yeh case chalega. (There were 86 charges framed against you. You have not pleaded guilty to all of them and only to the basic offence. That is why the court has taken the decision to continue with the trial).”
Kasab did not react to the court’s order and said, “Theek hai. (All right).”
“The prosecution’s stance is totally vindicated by the order of the court,” special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told reporters outside the court.
“The court has accepted that he did not accept guilt for the entire incident and did not admit to all the charges. The court has said that his admission of the guilt can be taken on record and will be considered at a later stage,” Nikam said.
The prosecution had argued yesterday that Kasab’s admission of guilt be taken on record but the trial should be allowed to continue since the gunman had not admitted to his guilt in all the offences in which he was involved.
Nikam had sought that the trial be allowed to continue and the prosecution be allowed to use the confession made in open court when it wanted to do so.
However, defence lawyer Abbas Kazmi had argued that Kasab should be sentenced if his plea was accepted. Else, the court should reject it and not take the statement on record at all.