HC to pronounce judgement in Kasab case on Feb 21

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court today said it would deliver its verdict on February 21 on confirmation of death sentence awarded to Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab for his role in the 26/11 terror attacks and also on his appeal against his conviction.

Justices Ranjana Desai and R V More said that they were ready with the judgement even today but because of bulky paper work and heavy compilation they would pronounce the verdict a fortnight later.

On the same day the High Court would also pronounce its judgement on the appeal filed by Maharashtra Government challenging acquittal of co-accused Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed in the same case. The trial court had set them free on the ground that evidence against the duo was doubtful.

The judges today asked Government Counsel Ujjwal Nikam to make arrangements for video conference link in the court for Kasab on February 21 in case he wanted to hear the verdict from the Arthur Road Central jail where he is lodged.

However, Kasab`s lawyer Amin Solkar pleaded that the judgement may be pronounced on February 28 as he was going abroad and would not be able to remain present on February 21.

The judges expressed their inability to consider his request and decided to give the verdict on February 21.