Maharashtra home department "rejects" Kasab`s mercy plea

Last Updated: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 16:06

Mumbai: Ajmal Kasab`s mercy petition, addressed to President Pranab Mukherjee, has been "rejected" by Maharashtra`s Home Ministry, days after the lone surviving perpetrator of 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks set in motion the last option available to save his life.

"The Home Ministry has rejected Kasab`s petition and has forwarded it to the Chief Minister`s Office," sources in the home department told a news agency today.

Under the rules, the Chief Minister`s Office would now forward the mercy plea to the Union Home Ministry, which in turn would send it to the Rashtrapati Bhavan with its recommendation.

There has been a demand from several quarters for speedy implementation of the apex court order, upholding Kasab`s death sentence.

Shiv Sena had recently demanded that President Pranab Mukherjee "summarily dismiss" Kasab`s mercy petition.

Kasab had moved his plea earlier this month, over a fortnight after the Supreme Court upheld his death sentence.

The nearly four-year legal battle launched by the 25-year-old had ended on August 29 when the Supreme Court upheld his conviction and death sentence in the 26/11 attacks case, saying he killed without "the slightest twinge of conscience."

PTI



First Published: Monday, September 24, 2012 - 16:05

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