Mumbai: Footage showing Mohammad Ajmal Amir ‘Kasab’ and his partner Abu Ismail outside the Times of India (TOI) building, opposite to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST), was screened in the special sessions court on Thursday. Of the two short video files played, one has Ajmal and Ismail ambling along a tiled pavement with the latter trailing behind the former. In the second video, the armed duo is seen near a car park. The screening lasted for three minutes.
A witness, Shriniketan Joshi, TOI staff in charge of the cameras, told the court that after the 26/11 incident three CDs were prepared. The images were extracted from the footage recorded in two of the six closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed outside the TOI building. One copy was given to the affiliated television channel, Times Now. The other was given to the police and the third guarded for security purpose.
Ajmal’s lawyer Abbas Kazmi had objected to the airing of the footage. He had contended that it would serve no purpose other than creating a sensation and providing fodder for the media.
However, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had argued that the CD was a document and could be used to corroborate his case. On Wednesday, the court ruled in favour of the screening. However, it mandated that Mr. Joshi be present for the screening to testify its contents. The TOI employee was, therefore, recalled as a witness on Thursday.
This was the second instance of CCTV footage being played in court. Last month, the movements of Ajmal and Ismail at the CST, briefly recorded by the cameras there, were seen in two videos played in court.