He betrayed no emotions

He was made to sit inside the witness box on a stool. He also answered all the questions posed by the judge loudly and clearly. The judge recorded only those statements given by Kasab that were relevant to the case.

Dressed in a white kurta, Kasab entered the court at 11:30 am. Kasab’s medical report was perused by the court and the judge noted that he did not have any mental illness.
Several questions were put to Kasab based on the evidence given by witnesses. The terrorist stood his ground and denied his role in the attacks. Asked whether he confessed before the magistrate, Kasab said he had but it had not been recorded properly.

When the judge referred to a witness Natwarlal, father of an 11-year-old girl who was injured in the attack, who had seen him and another terrorist at the CST, Kasab replied that he was not present there. “Maybe Natwarlal had said that there was firing on people but I was not there, I don’t know,” Kasab said.

About Abu Ismail,  another terrorist who was at the CST, Kasab said: “I don’t know who he is. Ismail may have been involved in the attack but I don’t know him.”

Kasab’s performance did not impress  special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam even one bit. He said that Kasab’s statement will have no impact on the ongoing rial.

“We have enough evidence to prove that Kasab’s confession was made voluntarily and not by force,” said Nikam. He termed Kasab’s statement as a “pre-planned drama.”

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