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Updated: June 4, 2010 22:49 IST

Kasab to challenge conviction in Bombay High Court

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Sends application to legal aid panel

Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab will challenge in the Bombay High Court his conviction in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and has written to its legal aid panel, seeking a lawyer to represent him.

Letter forwarded

K.K. Sonawane, Member-Secretary, Maharashtra State Legal Services Authority (MSLSA), told journalists on Friday that authorities in the Arthur Road jail, where the lone surviving gunman has been incarcerated, received a one-page letter, handwritten in Urdu, from Kasab on May 22 seeking legal assistance to appeal in the higher court. The application was translated into Marathi and forwarded to the MSLSA on May 28 by jail superintendent Ramesh Dhamane.

Mr. Sonawane said the matter was still under consideration of the acting Chief Justice J.N. Patel, who is the executive chairman of the MSLSA. A final decision on Kasab's legal counsel is likely to be reached in the next two days.

“We are scrutinising the names. We will call for records and documents from the jail and hand them over to counsel to give him sufficient time to prepare so that there is no delay.” The court is on vacation till Monday.

‘Important case'

There are 36 advocates on the legal aid panel to choose from. Alternatively, the MSLSA “can assign the matter to any senior counsel in the interest of justice. This case is important and has international dimensions. It is our duty to assign his brief to seniormost lawyers to rule out any possibility of allegations that he [Kasab] was not represented properly and to leave no lacuna as the matter may go to the Supreme Court,” Mr. Sonawane said.

Confirmation awaited

Meanwhile, a confirmation on Kasab's death sentence is awaited from the High Court. He was given the death penalty by a special sessions court on May 6 for waging war, murder, abetment to murder, criminal conspiracy and committing terrorist acts. He has received a copy of the judgment.

As expected kasab striked that part of the law which will enable him to live some more years. If the lawmakers are serious about the security of our country then they should modify the law to punish such criminals without any delaying tactics.

from:  Apramit Bangalore
Posted on: Jun 5, 2010 at 20:46 IST

Can you stop dramatizing and not give him media coverage which he wants? If he was in Pakistan he would have been dead long back.

from:  Roy
Posted on: Jun 5, 2010 at 12:01 IST

sometimes liberal democracy has its weaknesses. A worldclass terrorist, after killing scores of indian citizen, witnessed by scores of indian citizen in one of the deadliest terror strike ever in the history still has hope to come out death penalty with legal aids provided by the same country on which he waged war seems nothing but inherent indifferences and apathetic attitude of our legal system toward its citizen. if he comes out of death penalty, it would be the funniest mockery of indian legal system.

from:  pudumai pittan
Posted on: Jun 5, 2010 at 08:48 IST

I feel pity on Indian judicial system.. :(

A person killed several innocent people and even after more than a year he is alive. Several crores spent on his security.
If he possessed some intel about terrorist groups, he might have spoken by now.
If you take vote from Indian citizens, I'm sure more than 90% will say... "HANG HIM"

from:  Aniket kishore
Posted on: Jun 5, 2010 at 02:03 IST
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