Ejaz Naqvi, defence counsel of 26/11 co-accused Sabauddin Ahmed presented his argument in the Bombay High Court on Thursday. The final hearing on the case will take place on Monday.
Mr Naqvi asked why the prosecution had not done anything to nab Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Abu Kafa, who is accused of being one of the Pakistani handlers of the terrorists. “The prosecution has never been able to do anything to nab him. He is freely available even on Facebook,” Mr Naqvi said.
He refuted the prosecution's claim that Sabauddin was a co-conspirator in the 26/11 terror attack.
The prosecution had accused Sabauddin of drawing maps of the targets in Mumbai and handing them over to the LeT, which in turn provided the maps to the terrorists.
Mr Naqvi argued that at a time when the ‘Google Earth' was so clear and up-to-date, there was no need of maps to carry out the terror attack. He also said that Kasab's confession statement did not mention the existence of maps anywhere.
“What was the need of maps for their attack? Their dinghy was right in front of them. Even if they would have wanted to run away, they could have easily done so,” he said.
“Very minute instructions were given [by the Pakistan handlers to the terrorists during the attack]. Then why were instructions to tear off the maps not given?” he asked.
He refuted that Sabauddin had ever visited Nepal to meet other LeT members. “How can I visit Nepal? I don't have [a] passport, I have never gone out of Bihar except [to] Delhi and Bangalore,” he said.
When the judge brought to his notice that a passport was not required to visit Nepal, he said that at least an identity card was required.
The final hearing will take place on Monday. The division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More said, “On Monday, we want to close this judgment.”