Kasab raises juvenile plea once again

Last Updated: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 19:56

Mumbai: In a bid to escape death penalty, Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab on Monday urged the Bombay High Court to refer his case to medical boards to determine whether he was a juvenile and to study his psychological profile as well as mental frame of mind.

His lawyers Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah filed two separate petitions -- one seeking to determine his age and the other to know his mental state -- before justices Ranjana Desai and V M More who said they would hear the issues on Tuesday.

This is the second time Kasab has raised the plea of being a juvenile. In the trial court earlier, he had argued that he was a minor and was put to ossification test which determined that he was above 20 years and a major.
The petitions further requested the court to appoint an NGO working in India and Pakistan to make a home study on Kasab, his family background and the circumstances which made him participate in the 26/11 terror attacks for which he was sentenced to death by the trial court.
Kasab`s lawyers argued that Juvenile Justice Act (JJA) was enacted in 2000 to incorporate India`s international obligations under the Conventions on the Rights of the Child (CRC) into domestic law. One of the provisions of CRC was an absolute ban on passing a death sentence on a juvenile. This ban was incorporated into Indian law vide section 16 of JJA.

PTI



First Published: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 19:56

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