Well,after prolonged dragging of this case for more than 1 and 1/2 years and frequently changing lawyers,today,dated May 6th 2010,special anti-terror court of M L Tahaliyani pronounced capital punishment for the 22-year-old terrorist on five counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, waging war against the country, abetting murder and committing terrorist activities under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act. 166 people were killed in the carnage.
Well,Hats off to the special anti-terror court and public prosecutor!!
We did send out a signal to Pakistan that “India cannot take BULLSHIT”!!
“In the court’s opinion, Kasab has no chance to reform. Keeping such a terrorist alive will be a lingering danger to the society and the Indian government,” Tahaliyani said while pronouncing his verdict, three days after he convicted him for the massacre.
The judge cited the example of the Kandahar hijack case in which arrested terrorists were swapped for the passengers held hostage. “If Kasab is kept alive, this situation may occur again,” he said.
The judge said Kasab had joined terror outfit LeT voluntarily and offered himself to be a “mujahideen”(holy warrior).
Kasab, who hails from Faridkot in Pakistan, broke down after hearing the sentence.
Branding the terrorist as a “killing machine manufactured in Pakistan”, special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam had on Tuesday sought nothing less than death for Kasab, saying the case fell within “the rarest of rare” category.
“Kasab is a heartless monster who is a curse to the society…He not only enjoyed killing innocent people but also expressed anger while confessing before a Magistrate that he could not execute more,” he had said in his arguments on the quantum of sentence for the convicted terrorist.
Pawar, however, pleaded that given his young age and no previous criminal record, Kasab be given a chance to be reformed and rehabilitated.
But what is ridiculous and pathetic is:
As per the law, the death penalty will have to be confirmed by the Bombay High Court. Kasab also has the right to move the High Court against the trial court verdict.
Even if the High Court upholds the judgement, he can go in appeal to the Supreme Court. If the apex court too upholds the sentence, he has the option of filing a mercy petition before the President of India.
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