SC to hear Qasab plea

The Supreme Court is likely to hear a plea by Ajmal Amir Qasab today, challenging his conviction and death sentence.

A bench comprising of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice C K Prasad will be hearing  his plea.

File pic of Ajmal Qasab

Qasab moved the apex court through the authorities at Arthur Road Jail, where he is currently lodged. The court had earlier appointed senior counsel Raju Ramachandran as amicus curiae (friend of the court) to defend him. The case papers run into 11 volumes. On the basis of the material supplied by the Maharashtra government, counsel Gaurav Agarwal has filed the petition on behalf of Qasab.

Earlier, during the hearing on the  state government's petition challenging the acquittal of Fahim Ansari and Sabauddin Shaikh in the Mumbai terror attack case, the apex court on September 2  permitted the government to complete filing of papers in connection with Qasab's case. Ansari and Shaikh were acquitted for want of clinching evidence.

Qasab was one of 10 Pakistanis who had illegally sailed into India from Pakistan and launched the November 26-29 mayhem, killing 166 people including foreign nationals.

Qasab was awarded death  penalty  by a Mumbai trial court on May 6, 2010. The High Court  had upheld the verdict.

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