Militants object to judge's remark

Militants object to judge's remark

The three have made a complaint before the District Judge seeking transfer of their case from the Special POTA court accusing the woman judge of being "prejudiced and biased".

"Ajmal Kasab is your brother, you all are of the same clan but now you are not owning him," were the remarks attributed to the judge by them.

Mohd Hassan, who hailed from Mandi district in Punjab province of Pakistan and Shafaquat Iqbal and Shabbir Ahmed of Doda in Jammu and Kashmir, alleged that the judge without any reason referred to 26/11 attacks and made other observations like -- "It is you who are trouble makers."

The accused, suspected to be LeT militants, filed separate affidavits, to point out "unwarranted" references made by the judge against them.

"You are lucky being inside jail otherwise you would have been dead" was another remark that they claimed in the affidavit was made by the judge.

"In view of the biased and prejudiced attitude of the trial court (judge), we do not have faith in her and we are hopeful that we will not be getting justice as trial court has reached the conclusion that we are guilty before the conclusion of the trial," their application, seeking transfer of their case, said.

Sabauddin claimed in his application that the judge had sent him out of the court on certain occasions and not allowed him to speak in the open court. He alleged that the judge has not been fair to him.

Faheem alleged that the court was not properly recording the evidence in the case and sought audio recording and live telecast of the proceedings. He also sought a stay on the trial until his application is disposed of.

Faheem cited the evidence tendered by Hemant Bavdhankar Of D B Marg police station, saying the court had recorded that the car hijacked by suspected terrorists Ajmal Kasab and Abu Ismael was moving towards Malabar Hill.

Faheem alleged that the court had latter clarified that the car was facing towards Malabar Hill.

Faheem is facing the charge of preparing maps of Mumbai locations, which were targeted in the 26/11 attacks and passing them on to Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan through Sabauddin Ahmed, to carry out the terror attacks.