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Kasab's plea to examine Narayan Rane rejected
January 27, 2010 17:02 IST
Last Updated: January 27, 2010 19:27 IST
Seeking to delay the 26/11 trial, Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab [Images] on Wednesday sought to call Maharashtra [Images] minister Narayan Rane [Images] as a defence witness but the special court rejected the plea terming his request as "irrelevant" and concluded the recording of evidence.
Special court judge M L Tahaliyani adjourned the case to February 20 for arguments.
Kasab made the request through his lawyer K P Pawar, who pleaded that Revenue Minister Rane be examined as defence witness as he had made a public statement that some local elements had helped the 26/11 terrorists. Soon after the carnage, Rane said he knew some politicians who had provided monetary and logistical support to terrorists.
However, when Solapur-based Purushottam Barde filed a PIL in the Bombay High Court seeking an inquiry into his statement, Rane, in an affidavit said that he had simply referred to N N Vohra committee's report on criminalisation of politics and not talked about individuals.
Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam opposed Kasab's plea saying Rane's deposition was not relevant to the case.