Aj­mal Kasab moves SC against death sen­tence

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Rakesh Bhat­na­gar

Pak­istani ter­ror­ist Aj­mal Kasab, who has been sen­tenced to death for killing 166 peo­ple dur­ing the 26/11 at­tacks, has chal­lenged his con­vic­tion and death sen­tence in the Supreme Court.

Surinder Singh, in­spec­tor gen­eral (prison), Arthur Road Jail, said Kasab has sent a letter seek­ing stay on his ex­e­cu­tion to the Supreme Court ( SC) through the jail authorities.

The SC may take up his letter pe­ti­tion along with the Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment's ap­peal against the ac­quit­tals of In­dian al­leged co-con­spir­a­tors Fa­heem An­sari and Sabaud­din Ahmed next week.

Kasab was one of the 10 gun­men who at­tacked Mum­bai on the night of Novem­ber 26, 2008.

The Lashkar-e-Taiba op­er­a­tive was con­victed by the trial court for mur­der, con­spir­acy and waging a war against In­dia and sen­tenced to death last year. The ver­dict was up­held by the Bom­bay high court this year.

As Kasab has in­voked the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ple of In­dian Con­sti­tu­tion that ev­ery one has the right to life, the court may not have any other op­tion but stay his ex­e­cu­tion and fix a time sched­ule to dis­pose of the mat­ter, sources said.

As the court will ap­point a lawyer to rep­re­sent Kasab at the state's cost, there have been con­cerns among a set of lawyers who ap­pear for un­rep­re­sented lit­i­gants fac­ing grave charges.

With agency in­puts

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