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Monday, 10 October 2011

Kasab's Hanging Stayed By Supreme Court

Ajmal Kasab has got a reprieve from the apex court after he filed a plea challenging his conviction and death sentence in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case.

Kasab had filed the petition through jail authorities after which the court appointed Raju Ramachandaran as amicus curie.

A bench of justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai has issued a notice to the Maharashtra government on the matter.

The court also made it clear that it will decide on the execution of Kasab only after amicus curie Ramachandaran submits his report, while stressing that it will take up the case on top priority and decide expeditiously.

However, Justice Alam said in the court, “This man (Kasab) does not deserve any appeal… but it’s the judicial process and that has to be respected.”

Earlier, the Bombay High Court on February 21 had upheld the trial court order of death sentence of Kasab for the "brutal and diabolical" attacks aimed at "destabilising" the government.

Kasab's death penalty was upheld on charges of criminal conspiracy, waging war against the nation, IPC section related to murder and under sections of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The Bombay High Court had also upheld his conviction on 19 counts under IPC, Arms Act, Explosives Act, Explosive Substances Act, Foreigners Act, Passport Act and Railway Act.

Kasab was sentenced to death by a special anti-terror court on May 6 last year.

He and his accomplices had landed at Budhwar Park in South Mumbai on November 26, 2008 night from Karachi by sea and went on a shooting spree, leaving 166 people dead.


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