Soon after the SC verdict, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said that tears rolled down his eyes when he came to know about the apex court ruling that upheld the capital sentence given to sole arrested terrorist in 26/11 attack case, Ajmal Kasab. The celebrity lawyer was in Pune when the apex court delivered its judgment and his phone has been ringing ever since. Home minister RR Patil also called Nikam to congratulate him.
While speaking to DNA, Nikam said, “When I heard the news, I just closed my eyes for a moment and recollected the photographs of all the martyrs, the innocent people who were killed and the agonies of the injured. The feeling that I was able to do justice to them was satisfying. This is my tribute to them.”
Nikam said, “I was very confident that Kasab will be convicted, but there was still some doubt in my mind. Despite being a trained terrorist, Kasab had alleged that the court had not given him enough opportunity to defend himself. He had denied that it was not a rarest of rare case and he had also claimed that he had not been given any legal confirmation about the confession statement. I kept myself updated by watching news and talking to SC officials. Finally, they informed me that the SC had upheld the lower court’s order. I was so surprised that I could not even thank them.”
Nikam said, “This is a historic judgment for two reasons. Firstly, we have established that the 26/11 attacks on Mumbai were aimed at waging war against India and secondly, we have proved that criminal conspiracy behind the attacks was hatched in Pakistan and sponsored by it. The investigations had revealed that most of Pakistani army officers were also involved in the conspiracy. But despite so many evidences, Pakistan is not proceeding seriously in the case.”
He added, “The finding of the apex court has boosted our morale and this will definitely convince the international community that the terror activity was sponsored by Pakistan. Therefore, we can now build pressure on Pakistan through international community or take serious action against the perpetrators. The 26/11 attack was not only limited to India, but it was a lesson to the entire world.
“It was a challenge for me to establish the link between Lashkar-e-Taiba and Pakistan Army. Nailing Kasab was not a problem for me, but to establish that the 26/11 attack was an outcome of a deep-rooted criminal conspiracy was the real challenge. Ever since the case was handed to me, I would start my day at 4 am and work till 11 pm as I needed to do a lot of study to argue the case.”