Kasab's statement today

Kasab would reply to questions put to him by designated judge M L Tahilyani regarding the evidence placed before the court, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said.

Under Section 313(1)(b) of CrPC, the court is empowered to examine the accused generally on the case after the prosecution has concluded adducing evidence against him. Kasab can either reply to the questions or even refuse to answer them, but in the event of his refusal to make a statement, he shall not be liable to punishment. However, the court may consider his replies while giving the verdict.
The prosecution closed its case on Wednesday after examining around six hundred witnesses for a period of over seven months.

Additional Commissioner of Police Dewan Bharati and Assistant Commissioner of Police Ashok Duraphe were the two last witnesses heard in the 26/11 special trial court.
Along with Kasab, two Indian nationals Faheem Ansari and Sabahuddin Sheikh are also standing trial.

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