Ajmal Kasab was a fan of Mukesh: lawyer

Ajmal Kasab

"Kasab once requested me and my lawyer colleague Farhana Shah to ask the court to keep him with other convicts who have been awarded death sentence," Solkar said adding that he perhaps wanted to socialise.

Both Solkar and Shah were appointed by the High Court to defend Kasab and argue his appeal against death sentence. Solkar further said that Kasab did not approve their questions on his terror strikes on November 26, 2008, as he evaded them saying he did not remember. "It appeared to us that he did not want to remember those events (firing at people and police). He often told us that he did not know what happened to him then and also that he did not remember those incidents," he said.

The lawyer said Kasab once told them that he did not know how all those terror strikes happened on November 26, 2008, and how he got involved. However, he had admitted that he was from Pakistan and that his family was based there.Kasab had also told his lawyers that he missed his family and had written to the Pakistan Consulate seeking union with his family and legal help. But he never received response and this had saddened him, Solkar said. Recalling conferences with Kasab, Solkar said the Pakistani national had once told them that no one from his family or social circle had come to India to meet and support him.

To the lawyers' response that they were there to defend him and he could tell him whatever he wanted to say, Kasab expressed that they were from India and appointed by the Indian Government to represent him in the court. How could he share his feeling or views with them? Kasab had asked.

But whenever he met us, Kasab used to greet with his normal gesture of 'Salaam', recalled Solkar.

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