Close on the heels of seeking a CBI probe into her death, actress Laila Khan's father has now knocked the doors of the Maharashtra home ministry appealing that Ujjwal Nikam not be appointed as the special prosecutor in the case.
Ejaz Naqvi, advocate for Laila father Nadir Hussain Patel, told rediff.com that they have written to Home Minister R R Patil seeking his intervention in the matter. He also sought Patil's intervention to probe those officers who had negligently branded Laila Khan and her family as Pakistani terrorists.
Naqvi says that Nikam's appointment must be stopped at any cost, as he is the same person who permitted Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab to enjoy VIP benefits in jail.
Further, he also gave a No Objection Certificate to an Indian advocate to defend Kasab -- a Pakistani national -- which is violative of Article 22(3) of the Indian Constitution.
Naqvi says that the investigation has been brash and messed up, as the police have blindly termed Laila Khan as a Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative.
These remarks are unwarranted and defamatory in nature.
The Bombay high court, meanwhile, is seized off the matter in which Laila's father has sought a CBI probe into the case. The matter is expected to come up for hearing next week.