New Delhi: After a marathon hearing, spanning over two and a half month, of arguments by the prosecution and the defence counsel in the audacious 26/11 Mumbai terror mayhem, the Supreme Court on Tuesday has decided to deliver its verdict on Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab's plea against his death sentence on Wednesday.

25-year-old Kasab, the lone terrorist caught alive during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, had pleaded to the Supreme Court to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment on February 14.

A Mumbai trial court had sentenced Kasab to death on May 6, 2010, an order which was later upheld by the Bombay High Court on October 10 last year.

Senior lawyer Raju Ramachandran, Supreme Court-appointed amicus curiae (Friend of the Court) to defend Kasab, had told the bench that he was not a part of the larger conspiracy for waging war against the nation.

Ramachandran, 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.

He had also contended that the prosecution had failed to prove the case against him beyond doubts and told the bench that his right against self-incrimination as well as his right to get himself adequately represented by a counsel to defend himself in the case had been violated during the trial.

Maha govt seeks gallows for Kasab

Vehemently opposing the contentions of Ramachandran, Gopal Subramanium, appearing for the Maharashtra government, had argued that Kasab should be hanged as he was a part of a conspiracy to wage war against India.

The Apex Court had stayed Kasab's death sentence on October 10 last year.

166 innocent people were killed in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks when 10 Pakistani terrorists sailed from Karachi to Mumbai showed India a side of terror, which no one had ever dreamt of. While Kasab was captured alive, all the other terrorists who had attacked Mumbai were killed during counter-terror operations.


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