Decision on Qasab's mercy plea soon, says Shinde

Sep 20, 2012, 09:34 IST | ANI

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Tuesday said the decision on mercy petition of Ajmal Kasab- the lone surviving terrorist of 26/11 Mumbai carnage- would be taken "as early as possible" after due deliberations.

“I had already told that his decision was declared that time itself. We will process as early as possible. It is being discussed internally. There will be more meetings on this. At the proper time the decision will be taken,” he told mediapersons here.

Earlier in the day, Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab filed a mercy plea in connection with his role in the 26/11 terror attacks case.

His mercy petition has been sent to the President''s office by Arthur Road Jail officials.

The Supreme Court had earlier upheld the death sentence awarded to him in the terror attacks in which 166 people were killed.

A bench of Justices Aftab Alam and C K Prasad dismissed the plea of 25-year-old Kasab challenging his conviction and death sentence confirmed by the Bombay High Court.

The bench also observed that the failure of government to provide him an advocate at the pre-trial stage did not vitiate trial court proceedings against him.

It also held that the confessional statement given by Kasab, which he retracted during trial, was very much voluntary except a very small portion.

The apex court had appointed senior advocate Raju Ramachandran as amicus curiae to argue on behalf of Kasab.

Kasab, 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.  

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