26/11 attacks: Kasab may move Supreme Court against death sentence

February 21st, 2011 - 6:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Mumbai, Feb 21 (ANI): Farhana Shah, the lawyer of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, on Monday said his client has another chance to appeal against his death sentence to the Supreme Court of India.

The Bombay High Court earlier today upheld the death sentence for Ajmal Kasab.

Shah said Kasab would be informed of his chance to appeal against the death sentence.

“Whatever the Honourable Court understood was right. They have taken the decision and after we read the judgment, we can decide the legal steps and reasons that we could take to go to the Supreme Court,” Shah told reporters here.

“As far as Kasab is concerned, we will inform him that he has another way by approaching the Honourable Supreme Court and file an appeal and a period of 30 days would be given to him through which he will file an appeal. So, later, the Honourable Supreme Court will decide what to do,” she added.

Meanwhile, Yasmin, wife of Fahim Ansari, a co-accused in the Mumbai Attacks case, said she was happy with the verdict that her husband was innocent.

“There was no evidence against him. That is why they couldn’t find evidence against him. He was innocent and he has been acquitted by the High Court. Yes, I am very happy with the verdict. It is all because of Allah,” she said.

A two-judge bench comprising Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More also upheld the acquittal of Faheem Ansari and Sabahuddin Shaikh. Ansari and Shaikh are Indian accused in the case, who were acquitted by the special court.

The Maharashtra Government had earlier challenged the acquittal of both Indian accused in the high court.

A Mumbai Special Court on May 6, 2010, sentenced Kasab to death on four counts.Judge M L Tahaliyani awarded the death sentence for Kasab on-waging war against India, murder, conspiracy to murder, and participating in an act of terror under Unlawful Activity Prevention Act (UAPA). Kasab, who is the 52nd prisoner on death row in India, was also awarded a life term on five other counts.

It maybe recalled that ten gunmen from Pakistan arrived in Mumbai via sea route on November 26, 2008 and started firing indiscriminately at a busy railway station, a Jewish settlement, a popular café and two luxury hotels.

Several innocents were held hostage over the next three days and at least 166 people were killed before Indian commandos smoked out the terrorists on November 28, 2008. (ANI)

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