Kasab’s HC plea likely in August,say lawyers

Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab’s lawyers hope to file the appeal against his death sentence in August.

Written by Mohan Kumar | Mumbai | Published: July 19, 2010 3:56:52 am

Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab’s lawyers hope to file the appeal against his death sentence in August.

The High Court has appointed senior criminal lawyer Amin Solkar,with Farhana Shah as his assistant,to represent Kasab,sentenced for the 26/11 attack.

Solkar said they would get in two weeks a copy of the evidence presented and only after going through it can the appeal be filed. Shah said that they are currently going through the judgment.

“The judgment is so vast. We don’t know how much evidence there is against Kasab,” Shah said. “The records and proceedings have come to the High Court and is being printed. We are hopeful we will be able to file the appeal by the first week of August.”

The government too is contemplating filing an appeal against the acquittal of Indians Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed,who had been charged with providing maps of the 26/11 target sites to the LeT. The High Court will simultaneously hear Kasab’s appeal and the state’s appeals against acquittal of the two co-accused and for confirmation of the death penalty to Kasab.

The Constitution gives every person the right to a defence lawyer; if he cannot afford one,he can have somebody appointed from the state’s legal aid panel at the government’s expense.

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