Thursday, May 7, 2009

KASAB - Naam to Suna Hoga!!

Ajmal Aamir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 attacks, refuses to give up his share of media space yet again. Even with the general elections going on and with no dearth of news material, a sizable chunk of the airtime of the news channels are being eaten up by this wonderkid. The recent issue being a dispute over his age ! Now can it get more Bizarre than this?
After much ado, Kasab finally received a defence counsel in the form of Abbas Kazmi. Fair enough. India, as a nation, earned much appreciation for granting Kasabhis legal right to have a fair trial. There were some talks of Kasab being a non-Indian national and hence the constitutional right to have a fair trial does not applying in his case, but these were nipped in the bud. The trial proceedings were on in a pace unprecedented in the recent past. Rightfully so. This case is special indeed.
But a close scrutiny of the unfolding events would reveal that while the Government of India is doing everything(well! almost) to ensure that the case is settled in a proper manner, the defendant is creating a mockery of the proceedings. Anybody following the events sequentially would remember the hoopla over the language of the chargesheet. Apart from that, Kasab has made audacious demands for a veranda in front of his cell,newspapers to read et al. He has also made demand for a Pakistani lawyer for himself albeit in the recent past he had said that the lawyer defending him on the first day of trial would do, seemingly unaware of the fact that there was no lawyer at all initially. This shows that initially he was indifferent to the whole process as is substantiated by news reports of his unrepentant and unperturbed attitude in his cell . But as time is passing he is getting amused at the treatment meted out to him by the Government since he comes from a country where this would be out of the question! Hence he plans to seize the opportunity and make the most of it.
The most recent of Kasab's fanciful claims is that he is a juvenile and shud be tried in a juvenile court. Instead of outright rejection of the plea, the court ordered medical tests for the sake of justice. Now that the reports are out in favour of the special prosecutor Ujjal Nikam and it has also been made public that there were two witnesses to whom Kasab had confessed his age to be 21 on the day of the attacks, the issue has stopped being a cause for worry. But the fact that if Kasab would have been able to prove that he was 17 years old he would have , at the max, faced just 3 years of imprisonment despite being accused of conspiracy for murder of 166 individuals gives me goosebumps!
I have immense respect and confidence in my country's judicial system and I'm sure that the perpetrators would be brought to justice in the most befitting manner. But Ajmal Aamir Kasab seems to be in a bid to create a farce of the system which is utterly unacceptable. With passing time the judiciary is bound to fall prey to Kasab's whims all the more. The best thing to do will be to wrap up the proceedings as fast as possible. India has done what it could have to grant Kasab a fair trial - now that it has been done there seems to be no point in dragging this for long and succumbing to the man's caprice every now and then! Pack up!

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