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Get Kasab tested by team of psychologists, says defence

Defence lawyers in the 26/11 case, on Monday, urged the Bombay high court to refer convicted Pakistani gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab’s case to a medical board to study his psychological profile as well as frame of mind.

mumbai Updated: Dec 14, 2010 01:52 IST
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Defence lawyers in the 26/11 case, on Monday, urged the Bombay high court to refer convicted Pakistani gunman Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab’s case to a medical board to study his psychological profile as well as frame of mind.

“Kasab had been brainwashed to the point of automation, incapable of recognising kinship with human beings or feeling any emotions,” stated one of the pleas filed by court-appointed lawyers Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah.

“This may provide an explanation for Kasab’s abnormal behaviour and the court may have to consider this while confirming his death sentence,” it added, justifying the necessity to refer the Lashkar-e-Taiba operative to a panel of doctors.

Referring to the accusations proved against Kasab, the plea for psychological evaluation stated, “Even after perpetrating such acts, the enormity of his actions has not dawned upon him despite having had plenty of time for contemplation and introspection. He has shown absolutely no trace of understanding, remorse or repentance. This, too, was an extremely unusual and quite unprecedented.”

They have also sought re-verification of Kasab’s age.

A division bench of justice Ranjana Desai and justice V M More, which is hearing the reference for confirmation of death sentence awarded to Kasab, has posted the pleas for hearing on Tuesday.