Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, the sole Pakistani Lashkar-e-Tayyeba operative caught in connection with the 2008 terror attacks, has been granted time until September 20 to file an appeal against his conviction and death sentence.
When a division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice Raju More asked Amin Solkar, appointed to argue the LeT operative's appeal, how much more time will he require to file the appeal, he said it would take at least one more month.
Solkar told the high court that he wasn't "conversant with the facts of the case", and record and proceedings of the special court ran into 16,000 pages.
When Justice Desai said a wrong impression was being created that the court was "merely adjourning the important matter", Solkar said he would try to file the appeal on or before September 20.
Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam sought to question Kasab's intentions to file appeal. According to the newspaper reports, Nikam said, Kasab wasn't cooperating with his lawyers. Solkar clarified that Kasab had himself written to the HC expressing his willingness to appeal against the capital punishment.