The verdict of the trial court awarding death sentence to Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab in the 26/11 terror attack case came up today for confirmation before the Bombay High Court which adjourned the matter to August 12.
Justices Ranjana Desai and Vijaya Tahilramani deferred the matter after public prosecutor Pandurang Pol informed that the state would file an appeal within a week against the acquittal of Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Shaikh in the same case.
The trial court had acquitted the two, charged with conspiracy in the terror attacks in the city, on the ground that evidence against them was "doubtful".
Kasab, who was not produced before the High Court today for security reasons, had written a letter earlier following which Maharashtra state legal services authority had appointed Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah to defend Kasab at state's expense.
Solkar was not present before the court today while Shah sought two months' time to file an appeal on behalf of Kasab. However, the judges said they would hear Solkar and the state before passing further orders on August 12.
The trial court has already forwarded its judgement to the Bombay High Court for confirmation of the death penalty to Kasab, who along nine other Pakistani terrorists killed 166 people at multiple locations in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.