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Feb 23, 2011 at 02:53pm IST

Kasab to appeal against HC judgement in SC

Mumbai: Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab will appeal against the Bombay High Court judgement, which upheld the death sentence awarded to him by a special court in the November 2008 Mumbai attack case, in the Supreme Court.

Kasab met his lawyer Farhana Shah for about 15 minutes at the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai on Wednesday where she explained the verdict to him. The Pakistani terrorist decided to move the apec court challenging the Bombay High Court's verdict after Farhana explained the process of appeal to him.

The Bombay High Court had on February 21 upheld the death sentence awarded to Kasab, the only Pakistani terrorist caught alive during the November 26, 2008 attack on Mumbai. The High Court upheld the lower court's order completely and found Kasab guilty of seven murders including the killings of senior Mumbai Police officials Hemant Karkare, Ashok Kamte and Vijay Salaskar.

"This is rarest of rare matter so he should face capital punishment. Kasab and Abu Ismail together killed 56 people," the two-judge division bench comprising justices Ranjana Desai and RV More observed while dismissing an appeal filed by Kasab challenging the death sentence by Special Judge ML Tahaliyani in May 2010.

Tahaliyani on May 6, 2010 gave 22-year-old Kasab death sentence on five counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, waging war against the country, abetting murder and indulging in terrorist activities.

Kasab was also awarded life imprisonment on five other counts, which included attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and violation of the Explosive Substances Act.

While convicting him on June 3, the judge had ruled that Kasab was guilty of directly killing seven people and a total of 59 with associate Abu Ismail, who was shot dead after running into a police picket at Girgaun Chowpatty early on November 27 - shortly after the terror attack began in Mumbai on November 26 night.

His conviction was based on CCTV footage showing him striding across the Chhattrapati Shivaji Terminus with an AK-47 and a backpack.

The 60-hour audacious attack began on the night of November 26, 2008 and went on till the afternoon of November 29. Only Kasab was captured alive while the other nine terrorists were killed in the gunfight with security forces.

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