Anjali Waghmare gets high security for defending KasabApril 1st, 2009 - 5:47 pm ICT by IANS
Mumbai, April 1 (IANS) Advocate Anjali Waghmare Wednesday agreed to defend Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir alias Kasab, accused of the Mumbai terror attacks, after she was provided high security.
Waghmare Tuesday said she was reconsidering taking the sensational case after the Shiv Sena staged a protest outside her Worli residence against her move to defend Kasab.
Waghmare Wednesday informed Special Judge M.L. Tahilyani that she was prepared to take up Kasab’s case. “I am ready and have no problems in continuing with the case,” she told the court.
The trial in the Mumbai terror attacks is due to begin here next Monday.
Judge Tahilyani ordered that Waghmare be provided with “adequate security” by the state police.
The judge, who had appointed another lawyer K.P. Pawar for the case, asked him whether he was also ready to fight the case.
Following Pawar’s consent, the judge said the duo would be provided with another junior lawyer to assist them in the case, as per the provisions of the law.
Anjali and Pawar - both empanelled on the Maharashtra Legal Aid Committee - were appointed as government lawyers by Tahilyani Monday for the Kasab trial.
Anjali had then said she took up the sensitive assignment as she felt very “disturbed and concerned” at the delay in such an important trial.
After the Shiv Sena demonstrations outside her residence, top police and civil officials had met and spoken to Waghmare, urging her to take up the case and assured her of proper security while discharging her legal duties.