Bombay HC adjourns Kasab's case to Aug 12

Posted By: Mamatha
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Mumbai, Aug 2: The verdict of the trial court awarding death sentence for Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 attack, came up on Monday, Aug 2, for confirmation before the Bombay High Court has adjourned the matter to Aug 12.

Justices Ranjana Desai and Vijaya Tahilramani deferred the matter after public prosecutor Pandurang Pol informed that the state would file an appeal within a week against the acquittal of Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Shaikh in the same case.

Kasab, who was not produced before the High Court on Monday, Aug 2, for security reasons, had written a letter earlier following which Maharashtra state legal services authority had appointed Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah to defend Kasab at state's expense.

Solkar was not present before the court on Monday, while Shah sought two months' time to file an appeal on behalf of Kasab. However, the judges said they would hear Solkar and the state before passing further orders on Aug 12.

The trial court has already forwarded its judgement to the Bombay High Court for confirmation of the death penalty to Kasab, who along nine other Pakistani terrorists killed 166 people at multiple locations in Mumbai on Nov 26, 2008.

Kasab is now lodged in a special cell at Arthur Road jail which is bullet and bomb proof. He is heavily guarded and is segregated from other prisoners.

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