Home ministry rejects Qasab's mercy plea

Published: 23 October, 2012 20:07 IST | Agencies |

The mercy plea of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, has been rejected by the government which has sent its recommendation to the President.

India's home ministry on Tuesday recommended the rejection of the mercy petition of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Qasab, lone survivor among the 26/11 attackers, a government source said.

The mercy petition made to the president by  Qasab, after the Supreme Court Aug 29 upheld his death sentence, has been rejected and the recommendation in this regard forwarded to the president, the source told IANS.

A home ministry spokesman said briefly: "It (mercy petition) has been processed and submitted to the president."

The Mumbai trial court had May 6, 2010 awarded death sentence to Qasab which was upheld by the Bombay High Court Feb 21, 2011. The apex court rejected his appeal Aug 29.

Ajmal Qasab. File Pic

Qasab was one of the 10 Pakistani terrorists who sailed from their country and illegally sneaked into Mumbai on the night of Nov 26, 2008 for a terror siege of the city that ended Nov 29 afternoon. The mayhem that Qasab and his nine accomplices unleashed on the city claimed 166 innocent lives.

The apex court rejected his contention that he was a mere tool in the hands of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

"We are unable to accept the submission that the appellant was a mere tool in the hands of the Lashkar-e-Taiba. He joined the Lashkar-e-Toiba around December 2007 and continued as its member till the end, despite a number of opportunities to leave it," the top court had said.

The apex court said: "The primary and foremost offence by the accused (Qasab) was waging war against India."

"...in the facts of the case the death penalty is the only sentence that can be given to the appellant," the court said

"He kills without the slightest twinge of conscience," the court said.

"Unfortunately, he is wholly remorseless and any feeling of pity is unknown to him," the court said.

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