Convicted 26/11 attacker Ajmal Kasab on Monday applied for an explanation from the state whether it had given permission to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to interrogate him in prison.
His application in the Bombay High Court mentioned on a newspaper report that the state had given the sanction and that thus,as per prison rules,his death sentence has to be suspended. The High Court directed the prosecution to reply on Thursday.
The plea moved by Kasabs lawyer Amin Solkar says,The news report raises several questions like whether the NIA set up after the Mumbai terror attack was authorised to conduct investigations and file a chargesheet,whether the investigation by Mumbai Crime Branch and the trial thereafter and sentence handed down to Kasab was legal,and can the sentence of death be suspended when the confirmation proceeding is pending in the High Court.
The High Court is hearing the states arguments for confirmation of Kasabs deaths sentence,along with with appeal. Lodged at the Arthur Road jail,he is supposed to attend the proceedings through video but has been skipping appearances of late. The court has directed jail authorities to produce him only when he wants to; Solkar said Kasab has no interest in the court proceedings and seems to be in his own world.