Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has appointed two top lawyers in the country to prosecute the convict of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, Ajmal Aamir Kasab, in the Supreme Court with different fee structure. 

Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam, a former Solicitor General of the country, and well known advocate Ujjwal Nikam, who has also been the Public Prosecutor in the lower court and High Court, have been assigned with the Kasab case. The government has decided to pay Re 1 to Subramaniam, however, he can claim for miscellaneous expenses occurred during the trial.

Nikam would be paid Rs 50,000 per appearance. Besides, he will get Rs 10,000 an hour for discussion and could get business-class flight ticket for visits related to the case.
According to a circular issued by the state Ministry of Home Affairs, dated August 26, the state has informed S V Kharde, advocate in-charge of Maharashtra Sadan at the Supreme Court, of the fee and facilities to be provided to the duo during the hearing of Kasab's case in the Supreme Court.

Justifying his demand for the fee, Nikam said, “The other lawyers of my stature would have charged more than what I have charged. In the Adarsh enquiry commission, advocates of my stature are getting over Rs 1, 00,000 per hearing”.

The Supreme Court has appointed senior advocate Raju Ramachandran as amicus curiae in the hearing of an appeal by Kasab.

The Bombay High Court has already announced its verdict in the 26/11 case, upholding the death sentence awarded to Kasab. Later, he had written a letter to the Supreme Court, challenging his conviction and the death sentence.

(JPN/Bureau)