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26/11 chargesheet names Kasab, Lakhvi, 36 others
Sheela Bhatt in Mumbai | February 25, 2009 14:47 IST
Last Updated: February 25, 2009 18:52 IST
The chargesheet in the November 26, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks [Images] was finally filed in court number 19 of the additional metropolitan magistrate M J Mirza on Wednesday afternoon.
More than seven sackfuls of papers were brought to the court-room in the historic case. Public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam along with officers from the Mumbai crime branch were present in the court-room.
The 11,500-page single chargesheet clubs 12 terrorism cases and provides convicting evidence of the involvement of elements from Pakistan in the Mumbai terror attacks.
Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist, was not produced in court.
PTI adds: Three months after the terror attacks which claimed over 160 lives here, Mumbai police today filed the charge-sheet in the case naming 38 people including Pakistani nationals Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab [Images] and suspected mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi.
Indian nationals Fahim Ansari and Sabbauddin Ahmed, arrested in the case for allegedly carrying out a recce of the targets for the attacks, have been named in the chargesheet. They were produced in the court.
Lakhvi, the suspected mastermind of the 26/11 carnage who is believed to be hiding in Pakistan, and Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images] operative Yosuf Muzzamil are mentioned in the chargesheet as wanted accused in the case.
The 11,500-page chargesheet was filed in the Esplanade court but Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist, was not produced before the court owing to security reasons.
Public Prosecutor Ujwal Nikam said 38 people have been named in the chargesheet.
The Crime Branch, in the chargesheet filed before metropolitan magistrate M J Mirza, has said that Kasab, an alleged Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative, and others were involved in the terror strikes.
Kasab and other accused have been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code. They have also been charged with waging war against the country and offences under the Customs Act, Explosives Act and other Acts.