26/11: SC upholds Kasab death sentence

Last Updated: Wed, Aug 29, 2012 07:22 hrs

The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence of lone surviving Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab who that challenged the trial court verdict in the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai in the apex court.

Kasab wanted his death sentence pronounced by a trial court to be reversed. He had appealed to the Bombay High Court first which upheld the trial court order and now the Supreme Court also upheld the trial court order.

Kasab wanted his death sentence to be commuted to life imprisonment.

The apex court bench comprising of justice Aftab Alam and justice CK Prasad passed the verdict. They had earlier reserved the order after hearing the arguments of both the prosecution and defence counsels for more than two-and-a-half months.

After the vedict, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said the verdict is an important one.

"I am very satisfied that for the first time we proved in a court of law that Kasab and his nine associates had been sponsored by Pakistan. Pakistan´s army and terror outfit Lashkar were behind it," Nikam said.

"Pakistan encourages terrorism and now if the country is serious about curbing it it should also act against those who were behind Kasab," he said.

Kasab argued that he was denied free and fair trial and he was not part of a larger conspiracy of engaging into a war against a nation.

Kasab had filed the appeal from the prison that challenged his conviction and death sentence.

Raju Ramachandran was appointed by the Supreme Court to represent Kasab.

After the judgement, Ramachandran said he "bows before the verdict of the Supreme Court."

Kasab has been lodged in a Mumbai jail since being captured following the Mumbai terror attacks that 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.

More from Sify: