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26/11 Accused Ajmal Kasab Moves SC Against his Conviction

BeyondHeadlines Staff Reporter

Mumbai: Pakistani national Ajmal Kasab, who is facing death sentence in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case, has moved the Supreme Court challenging his conviction and sentence in the case.

Kasab has filed the petition directly from the jail and has been received by the secretary general of the apex court. It will be taken up for hearing after scrutiny and numbering by the Registrar.

In the meantime, state of Maharashtra has also filed an appeal against the acquittal of Kasab’s co-accused Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed by Bombay High Court.

The High Court had confirmed the death sentence of Kasab who had killed seven people including three senior police officers, namely Joint Commissioner Hemant Karkare, the then Head of Mumbai ATS Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar.

The High Court in his judgement dated February 21, had held that “the conspiracy for 26/11 attack was hatched in Pakistan. Kasab displayed extreme brutality and cruelty in committing the murder of innocent people who include women, children, aged people and policemen.”

“The murders were committed in an extremely brutal, grotesque, diabolical, revolting or dastardly manner so as to arouse extreme indignation of the community,” said the judgment.

It indeed is the rarest of rare case involving uncommon and unprecedented crime for which life imprisonment is inadequate,” the High Court remarked.

Kasab, who is presently lodged in jail in Maharashtra, has also sought stay against his hanging till the final disposal of his appeal.

The High Court had also held that Kasab has a scheming mind and his mental age override his physical age, while rejecting his claim that he was mentally unstable.

 

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