HC reserves order on Kasab’s appeal against death sentence

After both prosecution and defence completed their arguments on Monday morning, the Bombay high court reserved its order on the appeal filed by Pakistani Ajmal Amir Kasab against the death sentence awarded to him for his role in the terror attacks.

The court also reserved order on Kasab’s appeal against the conviction and another appeal filed by the state government challenging the acquittal of Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed for allegedly providing local support to the 26/11 attackers.

The division bench of justice Ranjana Desai and justice RV More has declared tentative date of February 7 for pronouncement of its verdict.

On May 6, 2010, a special court had held the Pakistani national guilty for 80 different charges leveled against him in connection with the terror strikes of November 26, 2008 in which 166 people were killed.

The special court had ruled that Kasab and his slain accomplice had killed 76 people, of which seven were directly linked to the 23-year-old convict, and awarded him death sentence on five different counts including murder, conspiracy and waging war against the nation.

The matter was referred to the high court because under the Code of Criminal Procedure, capital sentence is executed only after the high court concerned confirms it.

According to the prosecution, Ansari had conducted recee of important locations and purportedly passed on handdrawn maps to Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives through Ahmed. The allegations, however, could not withstand legal scrutiny and the special court of Judge ML Tahiliyani had acquitted the duo.

While special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam argued the case for the government, the high court had appointed Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah to defend Kasab.


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