Special court to try captured terrorist

December 17th, 2008 - 7:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Nagpur, Dec 17 (IANS) The Maharashtra government will set up a special court to conduct a speedy trial of arrested terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir alias Kasab and eminent criminal lawyer Ujjwal Nikam has been appointed special public prosecutor for the case, state Home Minister Jayant Patil informed the legislature here Wednesday.Patil said Mumbai Police would file a charge sheet against Amir within the stipulated 60-day period.

Amir has been in police custody, while nine of his associates were killed during the 60-hour terror attacks that left at least 170 people dead.

Nikam attained fame for successfully leading and guiding for over 13 years the state case in the March 12, 1993 Mumbai serial bomb explosions. The trial ended in 2007 with several important convictions, including that of Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt.

Patil also announced that the state police would soon acquire a helicopter and 36 high-speed boats to beef up security on the state’s 760-km long coastline.

The terrorists involved in the 26/11 attacks had come from Karachi and reached south Mumbai undetected from the Arabian Sea.

The home minister said the defunct state Intelligence Bureau (IB) will be revived and 25 vacant posts in it will be filled up soon.

Patil’s announcements came while replying to a house debate of Tuesday on the Mumbai terror attacks during the winter session of the assembly here.

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