After a long wait, the Supreme Court on August 29, 2012 has upheld the death sentence handed to Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab. The sentence given by the Bombay High Court was challenged.
The death penalty was upheld by Kasab’s death penalty on February 21, 2011. Kasab was sentenced and convicted for waging war against the nation. The Supreme Court bench consisting of Justice Aftab Aslam and Justice CK Prasad reserved the verdict on the conclusion of arguments which were spread over nearly three months which started on January 31, 2012.
Kasab is one of the ten terrorists, who entered India illegally and launched the mayhem beginning on November 26, 2010 and lasted for four days. The incident had killed about 166 people which also included many foreigners.
The SC will also be pronouncing its verdict on Maharashtra Government’s appeal challenging the acquittal of Fahim Harshad Mohammed Yusuf Ansari and Sabauddin Shaikh. The two were accused of providing topographical details to the Mumbai terror attack accused. Kasab had argued that he was denied a fair trial and was not provided legal assistance as mandated under the Article 22(1) of the Indian Constitution. Kasab had reached with his nine associates by sailing from Karachi to Mumbai after they hijacked a private Indian ship MB Kuber and killed its navigator Amar Chand Solanki.