New Delhi, Aug 29 (): Upholding the sentence of death penalty awarded by the Bombay high court, the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the plea of Ajmal Kasab in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.
While rejecting the surviving 26/11 gunman Ajmal Kasab’s plea, the court said there is no other option but to uphold the death sentence of Kasab. Kasab and nine of his associates had attacked CST railway station, Cama Hospital, Vinoli Chaupati junction, Oberoi Hotel, Taj Hotel, Nariman House and Leopold cafe in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 that resulted in the death of 166 people and injuring 238 others.
The verdict was declared at 10.30am, when a bench of two-judges said that the first and primary crime committed by Kasab was that he indulged in a plot of waging a war against the country. The court also did not accept Kasab’s plea that he did not get a fair trial and said that there has been no injustice done to him.
The apex court also pointed out that repeated attempts by the trial court to provide him a lawyer, were rejected initially by him, who said that he did not believe in Indian lawyers. On the whole after seeing the entire facts, evidences and circumstances, the court is left with no other option except to impose death sentence on Kasab.
Earlier, the trial court’s verdict to award death sentence to Ajmal Kasab, who waged a war against the Indian soil, was upheld by the Bombay High Court.
The court also observed that Kasab’s confessional statement was very much intended. After the verdict of the court, Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said that the verdict would send a strong message to perpetrators of terrorism.
Ajmal Kasab and his nine associates sailed into Indian territory after they hijacked a private Indian Ship M B Kuber to attack the country and its people after killing the ship navigator Amar Chand Solanki.