Ajmal Amir Kasab, the only terrorist caught and sentenced in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack has reportedly asked the Supreme Court to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment.
Kasab’s lawyer Raju Ramachandran, who was appointed by the court, said the cost of keeping Kasab alive should not be taken into consideration while deciding whether to hang him or not.
Kasab’s lawyer on February 9 told the Supreme Court that “such acts (committed by Kasab on 26/11) do not amount to waging war against the government as they do not have an extra element of challenging the sovereign authority.”
Kasab was sentenced to death by a special anti-terror court and is lodged in a special cell in the high-security Arthur Road jail in Mumbai.
Requesting that the sentence be commuted, Ramachandran said that at the time of the incident, Kasab was young and was exploited by false ideology and distortion and led astray.
Kasab was sentenced to death on May 2010 by a trial court. The order was upheld by the Bombay High Court in February last year.