New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee’s decisive move in rejecting the mercy petition filed by the 26/11 attack case convict Ajmal Amir Kasab is being attributed to his execution at 7.30am on Wednesday.
According to reports, President Pranab took the decision following the advice of the Union Home Ministry after which his death warrant was duly signed by the concerned authorities.
Pranab Mukherjee took the decision nearly two months after the Maharashtra Home Department rejected Kasab’s mercy petition that had been addressed to the President.
The department’s recommendation was sent to Rashtrapati Bhavan through the state Chief Minister’s office and the Union Home Ministry.
Kasab was one of 10 Pakistani terrorists who came to Mumbai by boat from Karachi and attacked targets across the heart of the financial capital, killing 165 people and wounding scores. Before launching the attacks, they also killed the Indian captain of the boat they had hijacked off the coast of Gujarat.
Kasab had filed his mercy petition in September after the Supreme Court confirmed his death sentence on August 29. The apex court had held that the 26/11 carnage was an attack on India and Indians which deserved the rarest of rare punishment.
First Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 09:50