The Bombay High Court on Monday directed the Maharashtra government and the defence to file their respective appeals on the sentence of the special sessions court in the Mumbai terror attack case by August 12.

The State is set to appeal against the acquittal of two accused — Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed. Defence lawyers Farhana Shah and Amin Solkar, meanwhile, will appeal against the death sentence for Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab.

Ms. Shah pleaded for more time to file the appeal. However, in a bid to expedite the process, the court asked her to submit it and add the grounds later.

The Division Bench comprising Justices Ranjana Desai and V.K. Tahilramani told Public Prosecutor P.A. Pol that the matter would be taken up for direction on August 12 after the appeals have been filed. It could then be posted for admission on August 16.

The application regarding the confirmation of Kasab's death sentence will also be taken up the same day.

The lone surviving gunman was not produced before the court on Monday, but is slated to be present for the final hearing.