Judgement kept back on Ajmal Kasab’s plea: Indian Supreme Court

NEW DELHI: The Indian Supreme Court, on Wednesday, reserved its judgement on Ajmal Kasab’s plea, challenging his conviction and death sentence in the 26/11 terror attacks within Mumbai.

Justice Aftab Alam and Justice CK Prasad were the members of the apex court that reserved its judgement after hearing the arguments of both the prosecution and the defence counsel for more than two-and-a-half months.

Kasab was charged with several criminal issues but was convicted for waging war against the Indian nation. He was awarded death sentence by a Mumbai trial court on May 6, 2010.

In his special leave petition (SLP) challenging the Bombay High Court judgement, which confirmed his death sentence, Kasab had claimed he was brainwashed like a “robot” into committing the crime in the name of “God”.

During his arguments, Kasab also stated that he was not given a free and fair trial and was not involved in any conspiracy to wage war against the Indian nation. Kasab’s counsel,Raju Ramachandran, supported this by stating that, “denial of right to counsel at the earliest stage and denial of right to protection against self-incrimination”, both impair a fair trial. “If he had the lawyers’ assistance right from the beginning, one wonders if a confessional statement would have been made” the counsel further stated.

Kasab has been kept in a Mumbai jail since being captured following the 26/11 Mumbai Attacks that left 166 people dead and over 300 injured.