Will Kasab get death or life sentence?

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 09:46

Mumbai: A special court would Tuesday hear
arguments on the quantum of sentence to be awarded to
Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab, who has been held guilty for the
murder of 166 persons in the 26/11 terror strikes in the
financial capital of the country.

The punishment for the offences committed by Kasab ranges
from life imprisonment to death.

The court had yesterday held him guilty of various
offences, including mass murders and waging war against the
nation.

The prosecution, led by Ujjwal Nikam, is likely to demand
death sentence for Kasab on the ground that he had committed
heinous crime, while defence lawyer K P Pawar might demand a
lighter sentence of life imprisonment or even less.

Kasab has a right to file an appeal in the Bombay High
Court against the verdict of the trial court. At the same time
the trial court judgement would be referred to the High Court
for confirmation.

The Maharashtra Government has also a right to appeal
against the verdict which has acquitted Faheem Ansari and
Sabauddin Ahmed on charges of participating in the conspiracy
and providing hand drawn maps of targets to Lashkar-e-Toiba
to execute the terror attacks in Mumbai.

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said he would
recommend to the government to file an appeal against the
verdict acquitting the duo as enough circumstantial evidence
was produced in the court against them.

Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said the government would
go through the judgement and consult the home minister before
deciding on filing an appeal.

Kasab would continue to be lodged in the bullet and
bomb proof cell in the central prison at Arthur Road until his
appeal is heard and disposed of, legal sources said.

Normally, after conviction, the accused are shifted
to other jails of Maharashtra but in this case Kasab would be
put up in the same prison in view of special security measures
and bomb proof cell built for him, court sources said.

Meanwhile, Faheem and Sabauddin, who were acquitted
by the court yesterday, might be handed over to Uttar Pradesh
police by the crime branch here.

Both are wanted in a case of firing at a CRPF camp in
Rampur. Additionally, Sabauddin is wanted in a case of murder
of a scientist from Bangalore, crime branch sources said.

Judge M L Tahaliyani, hearing the 26/11 terror case,
had ordered their immediate release in view of their acquittal
unless they are required in any other case.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 09:46

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