Justice delivered to 26/11 victims: Nikam

Last Updated: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 15:57

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Minutes after the Mumbai special court awarded a death penalty to Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab, special public prosecutor Ujjawal Nikam on Thursday expressed complete satisfaction over the outcome of the year-long trial in the Mumbai terror attacks.

Flashing a victory sign, Nikam told reporters: “The honorable court has given a death sentence to Pakistani national Ajmal Kasab for murdering 166 people and waging a war against the state of India under the provisions of the Indian Penal Code.”

“I am extremely satisfied with today’s judgement as it has fulfilled my sincere efforts of minimising the sufferings of 26/11 victims. The verdict has delivered justice to the families of the victims. I am also satisfied as the end of this trial will also set me free from the Arthur Road Jail,” he said in a lighter vein.

Nikam, who had argued the case for the government, said, “In view of the complications, this case posed a major challenge for us but we conducted a fair and open trial in our country, which is also the world’s biggest democracy.”

Taking a jibe at those who slammed the government prosecutor for delay in wrapping up the trial, Nikam said, “Those who suggested us to end this trial citing Kasab’s admission to his guilt possibly did not knew about the tactics which he (Kasab) has implied to mislead the investigators since the beginning.”

Elaborating further, Nikam said, “What has disappointed me to a certain level is the criticism by some section of our society that we were deliberately delaying the end of the trial. They were completely unware of the fact that Kasab lied several times, tried his best to mislead us, repeatedly changed his stance, gave several arguments just to protect himself from the gallows. But nothing could deter us and we conducted a "fair and open trial in the case" which has given the message to the entire world that in India everybody, even a dreaded terrorist, get full opportunity to defend himself.”
Recalling incidents where Kasab changed his stance during various stages of trial, the public prosecutor said, “Kasab was never ashamed of his acts, he sometimes said that he was a minor, and at the other he said he arrived in Mumbai much earlier than the terrorist attacks in the city.”

"He tried hard to mislead the trial... He often resorted to various kinds of dramatics to disrupt the court proceedings. He troubled the authorities a lot. Sometimes he would ask for chicken biriyani, sometimes he would tell us that he wanted to tie a rakhi...he used all the theatrics so as to save himself," Nikam told reporters.
"His shameless tactics convinced us that he had no remorse over killing innocent people,” Nikam added.

Nikam concluded by saying, “The honorable court observed that terrorism is a blot on our society and it does not represent any religion. It poses a big danger to the whole humanity and in view of this a death sentence to Kasab will be most appropriate.”

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Kasab joins list of those handed down death sentence by courts

New Delhi: The face of the most audacious terror attacks on Indian soil, Ajmal Amir Kasab, is the latest name in the list of convicts who have been handed down death
sentence by courts.

Nathu Ram Godse, killer of Mahatma Gandhi, was hanged
on November 15, 1949. A right-wing extremist, he was put on
trial on May 27, 1948, nearly four months after Mahatma Gandhi
was shot dead at Birla House here during an evening prayer.

During the trial, Godse admitted his guilt and gave a
long deposition on his reasons for carrying out the
assassination. On 8 November 1949, Godse was sentenced to
death.

While Godse was driven by hardline politico-religious
sentiments, Ranga and Billa brutally murdered two kids in 1978
and were sent to gallows by the Supreme Court.

Kuljeet Singh alias Ranga and Jasbir Singh alias Billa
had kidnapped for ransom siblings Sanjay and Geeta Chopra on
August 29, 1978.

Three days later, the bodies of the brother and sister
were recovered. Ranga and Billa were arrested from a train and
were executed in 1982 after a long trial which concluded four
years after the crime was committed.

In 1978, the Indian Council for Child Welfare
instituted two bravery awards for children under the age of
16, the Sanjay Chopra Award and the Geeta Chopra Award, given
each year along with the National Bravery Award.

In another sensational murder known as Joshi-Abyankar
murder case, four students of Pune`s famous Abhinav Kala
Mahavidyalaya were found guilty for 10 killings between
January 1976 to March 1977.

Rajendra Jakkal, Dilip Dhyanoba Sutar, Shantaram
Kanhoji Jagtap and Munawar Harun Shah were commercial art
students at the Mahavidyalaya who killed Achyut Joshi from
Vijaynagar, his wife and their son before decamping with
valueables.

The quartet also committed another sensational murder
when they hacked to death five family members of noted
Sanskrit scholar 88-year-old Kashinath Shastri Abhyankar.

In the fastest trial, the accused were given death
sentence within four months on September 28, 1978. It was
later upheld by Supreme Court. Their mercy petition was
rejected by the President and they were hanged on November 27,
1983.

Prime conspirators of of the then Prime Minister
Indira Gandhi`s assassination Kehar Singh and Satwant Singh
were hanged on January 6, 1989. They were the last men to be
hanged in country`s largest prison- Tihar.

While the killers of Gandhi -- Beant Singh and Satwant
Singh were killed by the bodyguards, Kehar Singh and Satwant
Singh went through an exhaustive trial where thir crime was
upheld by the court.

In 1995, Auto Shanker, a dreaded serial killer, was
sent to gallows for six brutal rapes and murders between
1988-89. Shanker was hanged on August 27, 1995 at the
Salem Central Prison.

The latest case of execution was of Dhananjay
Chatterjee who killed 14-year-old Hetal Parikh on March 5,
1990 at her apartment residence in Bhowanipur.

He was kept at Alipore Jail for 14 years before his
mercy plea was rejected by former President A P J Abdul Kalam
and he was hanged to death on August 14, 2004.

PTI

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Decision on shifting Kasab tomorrow: RR Patil

Mumbai: A decision on the issue of shifting Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, who was sentenced to death in the 26/11 case, outside Mumbai would be taken on Friday, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said here today.

"We will take a decision on whether to keep him here
(Mumbai) or shift him outside, tomorrow," Patil told
reporters, soon after the death penalty was announced.

Kasab, 22, is currently lodged in the high security
Arthur Road Jail.

"We welcome the verdict. It serves those who attacked
Mumbai and India, considering it as a soft target," Patil
said.

On the process of appeal in High Court against the
verdict, Patil said, "we will request the Centre that the High
Court procedure should be fast tracked because charges against
Kasab are serious."

On the special court dismissing all charges against
two suspected co-conspirators, Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin
Ahmed, in the 26/11 attack case, Patil said the government
will appeal in High Court against the ruling.

Patil said the judge sentenced Kasab to death by
hanging on the counts of murder, abetting and conspiracy to
murder; waging war against the state; and violating India`s
unlawful activities laws.

"All charges against him have been proved," he said.

PTI

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Decision on going for appeal after talking to Kasab

The lawyer of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab today said he has the right to appeal against the death sentence served on him for Mumbai terror attacks but
a decision was not taken as he has not spoken to his client.

KS Pawar, the lawyer who appeared for Kasab, said any
accused has the right to appeal against the verdict if he is
not in agreement with it.

"I will not criticise the verdict. If an accused is not
satisfied with the verdict given by a court, he can appeal in
the higher courts," Pawar told reports after Kasab was
sentenced to death for Mumbai terror attacks.

When asked whether Kasab will file an appeal, he said he
had not spoken to him regarding this. "I will be given an
opportunity to meet him. Then I will ask him and then it
(whether to file an appeal) will be decided," he said.

Pawar said he was satisfied with the way he argued for
Kasab. "I believe that I have put forward points to save Kasab
in the best possible manner. Whether it is accepted or not is
a different matter," he said.

Asked whether he accepted that he was defeated, he said
for a lawyer, arguing in a case is not like a "street
wrestling" competition.

He said after the pronouncement of judgement, the court
allowed him to speak to Kasab to ask him about the judgement.

"I asked him and he said, I have nothing to say," Pawar
said.

The special anti-terror court of M L Tahaliyani
pronounced capital punishment for the 22-year-old terrorist
on five counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, waging war
against the country, abetting murder and committing terrorist
activities under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. A
total of 166 people were killed in the 26/11 carnage.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 15:57

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