Kasab writes to Supreme Court challenging death penalty

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Ajmal Kasab
Mumbai, Mar 23: The dreaded terrorist Ajmal Kasab is back in the news after the Supreme Court recently awarded him the death sentence. He has written a letter to the SC challenging the death penalty handed out to him. Being the only terrorist caught alive in the Mumbai Terror attacks, Kasab was under intense media scrutiny over the delay in handing over the sentence.

A trial court had earlier confirmed a death penalty for Kasab in a case of the killing of 166 people. He is also accused in 86 other grave charges. The 24-year-old convict had been in solitary confinement for a year in the Arthur Road Prison in Mumbai. He is also the prime accused in the murder of slain ATS chief Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar.

The other two people convicted in the attacks including Faheem Ansari and Sabahuddin Shaikh who were let off by the Bombay High Court due to lack of evidence.

The Mumbai terror attacks were the worst acts of terrorism that India has seen in recent times and with fingers pointing to Pakistan, the attacks get further prominence.

When the death sentence was awarded to Kasab on Feb 21, 2011 there were indications that he would appeal the sentence in the Supreme Court that was conveyed through his lawyer Farhana Shah. Now the apex body will decide on the fate of Kasab.

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