26/11: Kasab requests SC for lifer

Last Updated: Tue, Feb 14, 2012 15:23 hrs

The lone surviving 26/11 Pakistani gunman Ajmal Amir Kasab on Tuesday requested the Supreme Court to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment.

Kasab´s counsel Raju Ramachandran argued that the cost of keeping gunman alive should not be taken into consideration by the court while it decides that whether he should be hung or not.

Ramachandran was appointed by the Supreme Court to represent Kasab.

Ramachandran also argued that Kasab was young at the time when he got involved in the terrorist attack in Mumbai. He said that Kasab was ´drawn into the crime by exploitation of religious faith, false ideology and distortion´.

Kasab has been lodged in a Mumbai jail since being captured following the Mumbai Terror Attacks hat left 166 people dead and over 300 injured.

He had been convicted and sentenced to death by a trial court court in Mumbai and later by the Bombay High Court in February last year.

Kasab was one of the ten Pakistan-based militants who launched coordinated strikes in vital places of India´s financial capital including two luxury hotels on Nov 26, 2008.

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