Bombay High Court postpones Kasab matter till Aug 12

August 2nd, 2010 - 9:09 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Aug 2 (IANS) The Bombay High Court Monday deferred till Aug 12 the proceedings related to confirming the death penalty awarded to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab by a trial court for the 2008 Mumbai attack.
The death sentence was awarded to Kasab by a special court here May 6 after a marathon trial of nearly 11 months.

A division bench comprising Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice Vijaya Tahilramani adjourned the matter after public prosecutor Pandurang Pol informed the court that the state government would file its appeal within a week challenging the acquittal of Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Shaikh, co-accused in the terror attack case.

The duo was acquitted after Special Judge M.L. Tahaliyani granted them benefit of doubt over their role as co-accused in the terror attack in November 2008 which left 166 dead and nearly 300 injured.

The special court forwarded its verdict to the Bombay High Court for confirmation of the death penalty awarded to Kasab, who was not produced in high court Monday for security reasons.

Eminent lawyer Ujjwal Nikam, who was the special public prosecutor in the trial Court, has been appointed a special counsel for appearing in the matter in high court.

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