The Supreme Court today confirmed the death sentence of terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab in 26/11 case. In an historic verdict today, his appeal against conviction and death sentence in Mumbai Terror Attack was rejected. He was accused with the charges of waging a war against a nation, criminal conspiracies and host of other acts under Indian Penal Court and anti-terror law — Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
In a horrific terror attack that shocked the entire nation, ten terrorists including Kasab travelled from Karachi, Pakistan to Mumbai by sea and went on a shooting spree at various landmarks killing a total of 166 people including some foreigners. The other nine terrorists died in action by security forces while Kasab was the lone terrorist to be captured alive. He was lodged in Arthur road Jail and special anti-terror court awarded him death sentence on 6th May 2010.
Kasab had filed a SLP (Special Leave Petition) challenging his conviction and death sentence in apex court. The court had appointed senior advocate Raju Ramachandran as amicus curiae (literally, friend of court) to argue on behalf of 25 year old Kasab. Advocate Ujwal Nikam was Special Public Prosecutor, who successfully represented the case in trail court, high court and The Supreme Court. Justices Aftab Alam and CK Prasad had reserved the verdict of the case on April 25th after hearing the arguments from both the sides.
The Bombay High Court on February 21st last year had upheld the trial court death sentence to Kasab. Kasab had contended that he was not given free and fair trial during argument in apex court; the claim was rejected by the judges. The court has held Kasab guilty under 19 counts under IPC and various other acts.