Kasab's mercy plea last in Prez list

Last Updated: Tue, Oct 30, 2012 14:07 hrs

The mercy plea of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist in 26/11 attack in Mumbai, has been placed last in the list of 12 petitions pending with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.

Kasab, who is a death row prisoner, has pleaded for mercy before the President of India last month.

Meanwhile, the President Secretariat has made public details of mercy petitions that are pending with Mukherjee.

The list could be seen on the official website of the President Secretariat.

In the list, Kasab´s crime has been described as: "Waging war against Govt. of India and killing 166 persons and injured 238."

The secretariat has also made public details of mercy petitions that has been ´disposed off´ by former President Pratibha Patil.

India´s home ministry on Oct 23 rejected the mercy plea of Kasab, who has been sentenced to death by all Indian courts.

Any clemency in the death sentence of Kasab can now be granted only by the President of India.

The Home Ministry has sent its recommendation to Mukherjee who had been approached by Kasab last month for commutation of his death sentence after it was upheld by the Supreme Court on Aug 29.

So it remains to be seen what decision Mukherjee takes in the case.

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.

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, a hospital, a Jewish centre and a railway station on Nov 26, 2008.

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