Bombay HC verdict on Kasab fate tomorrow

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court will deliver its verdict on the fate of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab tomorrow, nine months after he was pronounced guilty of perpetrating the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack and sentenced to death.

The division bench of Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More, apart from pronouncing the judgement on confirmation of death sentence to Kasab, will also deliver its verdict on Maharashtra government`s plea against the acquittal of two Indians accused of aiding in commission of the crime.

Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed had been acquitted by the trial court on May 6, the day it held Kasab guilty and ordered him to be sent to the gallows, on the ground of "doubtful evidence".

The duo was charged with drawing maps of targets and giving them to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba. The LeT handed over these maps to Kasab and nine other terrorists who landed in Mumbai from Karachi by sea to unleash terror. One such map was recovered from the pocket of slain terrorist Abu Ismail.

Besides confirmation of death penalty to Kasab, the court also heard an appeal filed by him against his conviction in the diabolic attacks on November 26, 2008 that left 166 dead and many more injured.

During the arguments, Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam termed the attack as an "act of state-sponsored terrorism" executed by LeT with the aid of Pakistan`s security establishment.

The thrust of Nikam`s arguments was that the conspiracy was hatched in Pakistan with an express intention to destabalise India, wage war against the country, terrorise its citizens, create financial losses and issue a warning to nations whose people were targeted in the attacks.