Kasab verdict enhances Indian legal system''s prestige: HM

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New Delhi, Feb 21 (PTI) Welcoming the confirmation ofdeath penalty of 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab by the Bombay HighCourt, Home Minister P Chidambaram today said it had enhancedthe prestige of India''s legal system but rued the lack ofprogress in the case in Pakistan.

"I compliment the prosecution. This is a tribute to ourlegal system," he told reporters while commenting on theBombay High Court''s decision.

He said the manner in which the case was conducted inIndia has "raised the prestige" of the country''s judicialsystem.

"I think, we should allow our legal system to deal withcase in the manner every other cases dealt with," the HomeMinister said.

At the same time, he observed that the trial in the casewas making no headway in Pakistan.

"Between the High Court and the trial court in Pakistan,in a way there has been no movement at all (on 26/11 case),"he said when asked whether, in the light of the judgement,India would call for a speedy hearing of the case in Pakistan.

He noted that when the case came up a couple of days agoin Pakistan, the prosecution had asked for an adjournment onthe ground that the matter was pending in the High Court.

"But in the High Court, the judge, who was dealing withthe case had retired," he noted.

Law Minister Veerappa Moily also welcomed the judgementand said the Indian judicial system was fair and equal toeverybody and the same was demostrated by the Bombay HighCourt in upholding the death sentence of Kasab.

"Entire world knows how our judicial system works... verymethodical, very systematic....it reflects well of ourjudiciary," he said.

Terming the judgement as "well carved out", he said thejustice delivery system has dealt with the subject in a fairand equal manner.

"It is fair to everybody..equal to everybody and that iswhat is demonstrated by this judgement on Kasab," the LawMinister said outside Parliament House.

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