The prosecution in the 26/11 trial on Tuesday completed its final arguments that began on March 9. The defence will open arguments from its side on Thursday, beginning with K.P. Pawar, advocate for Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab.
In his concluding statement, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said: “The prosecution has successfully stated the case against all the accused. They have committed heinous crimes on November 26. I humbly submit that all the accused be kindly held guilty under the various charges framed against them.”
Mr. Nikam handed over a written submission of 674 pages to the court. He argued that the confession statement, where Kasab mentions the names of Fahim and Sabahuddin, could be used against them in light of the provisions of Section 30 of the Indian Evidence Act as this was a joint trial.
He sought to debunk the allegations of torture made by Fahim as false and drew attention to the dubious manner in which Fahim had rented a room in Mumbai before the attacks, despite having an accommodation in the city, and that too under the false name of Sahil Pavaskar.
Driving home the utility of the maps made by Fahim, Mr. Nikam contended handmade maps were as important a navigating aid for the attackers as were the Global Positioning System sets.