HC to give priority to Kasab case, daily hearing from Oct 18

The Bombay HC Wednesday made it clear that it would hear on a day-to-day basis from October 18, the matter pertaining to confirmation of death penalty imposed on Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab for his role in 26/11 attacks.

Last Updated: Sep 29, 2010, 15:48 PM IST

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court Wednesday made it
clear that it would hear on a day-to-day basis from October
18, the matter pertaining to confirmation of death penalty
imposed on Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab for his role in
26/11 attacks.

"We shall give this matter a top priority and shall not
hear any other case from October 18 till this matter is
finally heard and disposed of," said Justice Ranjana Desai and
Justice R V More.

The bench asked government counsel Ujjwal Nikam and
Kasab`s lawyer Amin Solkar to ensure that they remain present
and do not seek adjournments.

"We want to finish off this case as early as possible...
so please cooperate," the judges told the lawyers.

Kasab has also filed an appeal challenging death sentence
imposed on him. The state too has filed an appeal against the
trial court`s verdict acquitting Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin
Ahmed on the ground that evidence against them was "doubtful".

These two appeals would also be heard by the High Court
along with the matter regarding confirmation of death sentence
awarded to Kasab.

The court has ordered that Kasab need not remain present
and can appear through video conference in view of the threat
perception to him. Accordingly, it has asked the state to make
arrangements for this facility at both ends -- in the Court
and in jail where Kasab is lodged.

PTI