New Delhi: Welcoming the confirmation of death penalty to Mumbai attacks convict Ajmal Kasab by the Bombay High Court, Union Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on Monday said the "culprit has been properly booked".

Speaking to reporters outside Parliament, he said, "Whatever maximum punishment is available under the law...has been awarded."

Deshmukh, who was the Chief Minister of Maharashtra when the 26/11 terror attack took place, also expressed his sympathies for the families of the victims.

On Pakistan's role in tackling terror, the former CM said, "They do too little too late". "Pakistan should do more. It should be visible. Unless and until they take some action, people of India will not be happy," he added.

NCP MP Supriya Sule, who also welcomed the High Court verdict, said, "Definitely, we welcome the judgement. It is a long overdue judgement. Further proceedings should be on the fast track."

Union Minister Salman Khurshid said, "I hope this proves as deterrence against those who has devil design against our country."

People dance in jubilation

The verdict of the Bombay High Court confirming the death penalty to Ajmal Kasab in the 26/11 terror attack case, was received by the people with bursting of fire crackers and distribution of sweets in Mumbai on Monday.

As soon as the news about the confirmation of death sentence on Kasab broke, people danced in jubilation outside the High Court.

The members of Mumbai Youth Association (MYA), an NGO, danced happily, burst fire crackers and distributed sweets. Hailing the verdict as people’s victory, MYA President Pradeep Bhavnani said Kasab deserved the harsh punishment for killing innocent persons.

Some persons also burst crackers outside a hotel in South Mumbai where Nikam has been put up. A native of Jalgaon, Nikam stays in the hotel during his visit to the city.

(Agencies)