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Updated: May 5, 2010 02:10 IST

Kasab to be sentenced on May 6

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RELIEF AFTER JUSTICE: Devika Rotwan, who lost her leg during the 2008 Mumbai attacks, walks by the Taj Hotel in Mumbai on Monday.
PTI RELIEF AFTER JUSTICE: Devika Rotwan, who lost her leg during the 2008 Mumbai attacks, walks by the Taj Hotel in Mumbai on Monday.

Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only surviving gunman of the November 26 terror strike will be sentenced on May 6 by the special sessions court here.

Kasab has already been convicted of various crimes, and among the serious charges he has been found guilty of waging war and committing murder, which carry the punishment of death or life imprisonment.

“The final judgment on sentence is the day after tomorrow [Thursday],” judge M.L. Tahaliyani announced after the prosecution and the defence had concluded their arguments on the quantum of sentence on Tuesday.

Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam argued for death penalty for Kasab. He said the 26/11 attack met the criterion of “rarest of rare case,” in terms of its brutality and the scale of premeditation. Stripped of humanity, Kasab was “a killing machine,” unrepentant of his acts, and only a death penalty would serve the ends of justice, Mr. Nikam said.

Defence lawyer K.P. Pawar, on the other hand, pleaded for the lighter sentence of life imprisonment. He argued that Kasab, a poor young man, had committed the offences under the domination of Lashkar bosses. He said given Kasab's influential age, he had formulated incorrect notions about religion and should be given a chance to reform himself.

Mr. Pawar contended there was every likelihood that Kasab could be reformed and rehabilitated.

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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
Defence lawyer K.P. Pawar is correct he must be given a chance to reform himself.He Must be given life imprisonment and must be made to read Swami Vivekananda's books and must be made to do social services overall he must be guided in a proper direction.

from:  madhav
Posted on: May 5, 2010 at 09:10 IST

While, death sentence is beneficial as it would serve as a warning for other perpetrators and criminals and will also save the money that goes in waste by keeping him alive (His expenses for food, accommodation, security, etc...), it will be effective only if it is executed. But, unfortunately even if the Court gives a death sentence (which is unlikely for many reasons, especially political and communal) it is not going to be carried out neither by the UPA due to its vote bank politics nor by the NDA (if it comes to power or pressurising the government if it is in the opposition) for the fear of being demonised as communal. So in any case, the practically it is going to be a life sentence wasting the tax payers money as well as abetting further crimes as the criminals need not worry about a severe punishment. Hence, any discussions are meaningless.

from:  sivasathivel Kandasamy
Posted on: May 5, 2010 at 00:28 IST
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