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Kasab moves SC challenging death sentence

Mumbai: Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab, found guilty of perpetrating the 26/11 attack in Mumbai in 2008, on Friday moved the Supreme Court appealing against the death penalty awarded to him.

According to reports, the request by Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab, who has been lodged in the Arthur Road prison since 2008, had been filed via jail authorities in Mumbai.

The Bombay High Court on February 21 this year had upheld his death sentence, which the trial court awarded to Kasab for his role in the 26/11 attack. Kasab was convicted by the HC for murder, conspiracy and waging war against the country, and was sentenced to death. Also read: 26/11: HC upholds death penalty for Kasab; hang him fast, say Mumbaikars

A division bench of the Bombay High Court, comprising Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice R V More had dismissed Kasab`s appeal challenging the death sentence given to him by Special Judge M L Tahaliyani in May 2010.

A total of 166 people were killed in the mayhem let loose by Kasab and nine other Pakistani gunmen during the 60-hour Mumbai terror attacks. While he was caught alive, the nine other terrorists were kileld in gun battles with the security forces.

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