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R.K. Singh welcomes SC verdict on 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab

New Delhi, Aug 29 (ANI): Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict to uphold the death sentence of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack convict Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, saying everyone has an opportunity to go to the highest court in the land in the Indian judicial system.

“The Supreme Court itself has found that there was sufficient material for convicting him. And in our judicial system, everyone has the opportunity to go up to the highest court of the land,” said Singh.

“Mercy petition has not been filed,” he added, while speaking on Kasab’s mercy plea issue.

Meanwhile, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) of Mumbai, Himanshu Roy, said the Supreme Court verdict rejecting Ajmal Kasab’s appeal and confirming the death sentence on him is an important milestone in the fight against terror.

“It is also a vindication of the investigation carried out by Mumbai crime branch as also the prosecution of the case, Roy told mediapersons in Mumbai.

“The Mumbai crime branch is also investigating the role of Abu Jundal in the 26/11 terror attack. This interrogation and investigation further reveals the link of the LeT and the role of Pakistan in the export of terror into our country,” he added.

The apex court earlier in the day upheld the death sentence of Kasab in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people were killed.

A bench of Justices Aftab Alam and C K Prasad dismissed the plea of 25-year-old Kasab challenging his conviction and death sentence confirmed by the Bombay High Court.

The bench also observed that the failure of government to provide him an advocate at the pre-trial stage did not vitiate trial court proceedings against him.

It also held that the confessional statement given by Kasab, which he retracted during trial, was very much voluntary except a very small portion.

Kasab, who is lodged in Arthur Road Prison in Mumbai, had filed the appeal from jail challenging his conviction and death sentence.

The apex court had appointed senior advocate Raju Ramachandran as amicus curiae to argue on behalf of Kasab.

Kasab, during the argument in the apex court, had contended that he was not given a free and fair trial and that he was not the part of any larger conspiracy for waging war against India. (ANI)