Kasab given fair trial: Maharashtra govt

Source : IBNS
Last Updated: Wed, Feb 15, 2012 12:15 hrs

The Maharashtra government on Wednesday rebutted the charges made by the lone surviving 26/11 Pakistani gunman Ajmal Amir Kasab that he was denied fair trail.

Former solicitor general Gopal Subramaniam, who appeared for the state government, told the Supreme Court that the gunman was never tormented.

Subramaniam said that no constitutional right of Kasab was violated.

He also submitted that the death sentence awarded to the Pakistan-based militant was a permissible means of punishment.

Earlier on Tuesday, Kasab had 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 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.

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