With the Bombay High Court confirming Kasab's death sentence in the Mumbai terror attack case, the question of shifting him to another jail has to be sorted out. Now he is lodged in a high security cell in the Arthur Road jail here, which is meant for undertrials.
Some time ago the government decided that he would have to be moved once the High Court confirmed the death sentence. The police and security forces are not too keen on Kasab continuing in the Arthur Road jail from a security point of view.
Asked about this, Maharashtra Home Minister R.R. Patil said a meeting would be held with senior police and government officers. At the moment there was no move to shift Kasab. The government might seek legal opinion on this.
Mr. Patil congratulated the High Court and the public prosecutor on ensuring a decision in the Kasab case in three months. He said the government would appeal to the Supreme Court to ensure speedy disposal of the appeal, which Kasab is planning to file.
Meanwhile, the BJP burst crackers in front of its headquarters at Nariman Point to celebrate the High Court verdict and city unit president Raj Purohit expressed hope that the Kasab matter would not be beset with delays seen in the case of Afzal Guru, who has been sentenced to death for the attack on Parliament.
As for the acquittal of Fahim and Sabahuddin in the 26/11 case, Mr. Purohit said it exposed the weakness of the prosecution, and the State did not properly represent the case in court.