Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday welcomed the confirmation of the death penalty to the 26/11 convict, Ajmal Kasab. He said the Bombay High Court judgment enhanced the prestige of India's legal system but regretted the lack of progress in the case in Pakistan.

Mr. Chidambaram told journalists here that the manner in which the case was conducted in India had “raised the prestige” of the country's judicial system.

At the same time, the trial was making no headway in Pakistan. “Between the High Court and the trial court in Pakistan, in a way there has been no movement at all [on 26/11 case],” he said when asked whether, in the light of Monday's judgment, India would call for speedy hearing in Pakistan.

Law Minister Veerappa Moily welcomed the judgment and said: “The entire world knows how our judicial system works ... very methodical, very systematic … it reflects well of our judiciary.”

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