`Kasab jotting notes to prepare his defence`

The High Court has posted the matter of confirmation of death sentence imposed on Kasab to August 12.

Mumbai: As the deadline for filing an appeal in the Bombay High Court draws to a close, Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab, sentenced to death for his role in 26/11 terror attacks, is busy jotting down notes in Arthur Road Central jail to help his lawyers in preparing his defence.

Kasab`s lawyers Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah met him recently in prison to ask him whether he had anything to say as they were drafting an appeal to be filed in the High Court next week.

"Kasab told us that he needed a pen and some papers to note down certain points which he had come across during the trial. We forwarded his request to prison authorities who have now provided him with the stationery," Shah told a news agency.

Kasab also told us that "he had full faith in both of us and that he would accept whatever legal advise we gave him," Shah said.

"We are currently going through the 1,500-page judgement and the chargesheet supplied to us. The appeal is being prepared and would be filed shortly," Shah said.

The High Court has posted the matter of confirmation of death sentence imposed on Kasab to August 12 and also asked defence lawyers and the state government to expedite filing appeals against the verdict of the lower court.

The state government had told the High Court on August 2 that their appeal against acquittal of two accused, Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed would be filed within few days, while Kasab`s lawyer Shah had asked for two months time.

Keeping the matter on August 12 for directions, the High Court told defence lawyers that they should expedite filing the appeal.

Kasab is kept in solitary confinement of Central Prison in a bullet and bomb proof cell which is heavily guarded by Indo-Tibetan Border Security personnel.

A special court had sentenced him to death on May 6 for killing 166 people along with nine others in the terror attacks at various places in Mumbai at the instance of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT).

While Kasab was captured alive, all others were killed in firing by Indian security forces.

Co-accused, Faheem and Sabauddin, however, were acquitted as the court gave them the benefit of doubt saying evidence against them was "doubtful".


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