Mumbai Court Orders Medical Test To Determine Kasab’s Actual Age
A special court in Mumbai, has ordered a medical examination to decide the actual age of the prime accused in Mumbai terror attacks case Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab.
Judge M L Tahiliyani permitted special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam to probe three witnesses that includes doctors and jailor on April 28 to find out Kasab is not a juvenile.
The court also ordered doctors to carry out ossification and dental examinations to settle on whether arrested terrorist Kasab’s actual age, and submit a complete report before April 28.
Ajmal’s lawyer Abbas Kazmi said that the tests will be conducted at the Arthur Road Jail, Mumbai, where Kasab is presently lodged.
He also said that if the test reports found that Kasab is below 18, then his case will be shifted to the juvenile court.
The maximum punishment given under Juvenile Justice Act is maximum 3 years, Kazmi said.
The court passed orders to make a full-fledge inquiry after the prosecutor Nikam filed an application urging that Ajmal’s age may be decided before the charges are framed against him.
Previously, Kasab had himself declared that he was below 18, and that the case should be transferred to Juvenile Justice Court.
However, the court rejected his appeal, and opined that he did not appear to be juvenile and if the court thinks that anytime during examination that the inquiry should be held to determine his age it would do so.