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Kasab recites Quran, prays in jail ahead of verdict

Mumbai: Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, whose fate is going to be decided by the Bombay High Court today for his role in the Mumbai terror attacks, got up early in the morning, offered prayers and recited verses of the Holy Quran in his cell at Arthur Road Jail.

"Kasab woke up early today and offered prayers in his cell", jail sources told PTI.

The High Court will deliver its verdict on the fate of Kasab today, nine months after he was awarded death penalty by the trial court for the death of 166 persons in the terror attacks.

The 24-year-old convict, hailing from Faridkot in Punjab province of Pakistan, would appear on screen before the court through the medium of video conference.

Kasab told his lawyer Farhana Shah on Saturday last that he would hear the verdict through video conference. He also appeared to be nervous and did not talk much, Shah said.

Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice R V More of the Bombay High Court would also give verdict today on an appeal filed by Kasab against his conviction and death sentence.

The Judges would also pronounce judgement on an appeal filed by Maharashtra Government against the acquittal of Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Ahmed, both Indians who were let off on ground of "doubtful evidence".

Meanwhile, security in and around the High Court has been tightened. The special branch of police has issued passes to journalists and lawyers for entry into court 49 where the judgement would be delivered.

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