Supreme Court upholds Kasab’s death sentence (Lead)

August 29th, 2012 - 12:31 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 29 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the death sentence of Ajmal Kasab, one of the 10 Pakistani terrorists who launched the 26/11 Mumbai carnage that claimed 166 lives.

“We are constrained to hold that the death penalty is the only sentence that can given in the circumstances of the case,” the apex court bench of Justices Aftab Alam and C.K. Prasad said.

Kasab, the only Pakistani caught alive after the Nov 26-29 mayhem, had moved the apex court challenging the death sentence by a trial court, which was later upheld by the Bombay High Court.

The court rejected Kasab’s contention that the Mumbai terror attacks was a war against the government of India and not against the Indian state or its people.

The court said the government of India was only the elected organ of the state and the repository of the sovereign powers.

Having said this, the court added: “Primary and foremost offence by the accused (Kasab) was waging war against India.”

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