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Police provides security cover to Kasab's lawyer

July 07, 2010 15:03 IST

Police have provided round-the-clock security cover to criminal lawyer Amin Solkar who has been appointed by the Bombay high court to defend Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab with regard to confirmation of death sentence awarded to him in the 26/11 terror attack case.

A constable with an automatic carbine would accompany Solkar as a guard, police said.

Police provided the security since Sunday following a threat complaint received by Solkar earlier.

Solkar had received a threat on his cell phone through SMS in which he was asked to leave Kasab's brief immediately.

The person who sent the message had threatened Solkar to refrain from defending Kasab or else face dire consequences.

On receiving the threat, Solkar had filed a police complaint but had not specifically asked for security cover.

Police said they had on their own provided security to Solkar.

However, another lawyer Farhana Shah, who also has been appointed by the HC to assist Solkar in defending Kasab, has not yet got any security cover.

Shah too had faced a threat to her life. Two days after she was appointed to defend Kasab, miscreants attacked a dental clinic belonging to her close relative.

Shah had been given security when she was defending nearly 100 accused in the 1993 bomb blast case in a TADA court some years ago. However, she had asked police to withdraw the security cover.

Police said they would give security to Shah also, provided she asked for it.

However, Shah said, "I would not ask for any security and would leave this to Allah (God) who has been protecting me always."

The HC is yet to hear the confirmation of death sentence imposed on Kasab in the terror attack case. His lawyers also have to file an appeal against his conviction and death penalty.

"We are going through the judgement and are preparing to file an appeal and this would take some time," Shah said.

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