Need debate on Kasab's security bill: Shinde

Last Updated: Fri, Oct 26, 2012 13:32 hrs

Union Home Minister Sushil Kuar Shinde on Friday said the issue of payment of bills for providing security to Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving Pakistani terrorist in 26/11 attack in Mumbai, was an 'administrative matter' and could not be solved without a 'debate'.

"These are administrative matter and cannot be solved without being debated," Shinde told reporters here.

He said infiltration bids from Pakistan into India are still continuing.

"There is some sort of infiltration from Pakistan side. But we are very alert on this," he said.

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 the President Pranab 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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