The Mumbai terror trial will begin final arguments early next month, the special court hearing the case has said.
Judge M L Tahilyani has ordered both prosecution and defence to be prepared for the hearing from March 9.
This will be a significant phase of the 10-month trial during which both lawyers sum up the case, following which the court will assess the evidence before pronouncing the final judgment.
The lone-surviving accused gunman directly involved in the terror attacks, Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, is the prime suspect in the case, while two others allegedly involved are Indians Sabahuddin Ahmed and Fahim Ansari. Kasab is from Pakistan.
The terror attacks at the Taj and the Trident, two of the most famous hotels in India’s financial hub, as well as other establishments including a hospital and a cafe, left more than 200 people dead and more than 700 injured.