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State govt rejects Kasab mercy plea

The Maharashtra Home Ministry on Monday rejected Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Amir Kasab’s mercy petition. It had received a reference from the President’s office

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: September 25, 2012 1:14:16 am

The Maharashtra Home Ministry on Monday rejected Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Amir Kasab’s mercy petition. It had received a reference from the President’s office on Friday.

Immediately after receiving the application,the Home department forwarded it to Home Minister R R Patil’s office with negative remarks. However,since Patil was away,he took a decision on Monday.

The file will now be forwarded to the Chief Minister. Once the CM takes a decision,it will be sent to the Governor and then to the Union Government. “The file was received on Friday and a decision was taken by the Home Minister today afternoon. The Chief Minister is out of Mumbai and would take a decision after he returns,” said a senior Home department official.

Kasab has been sentenced to death for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack that killed 166 people. The 25-year-old terrorist was convicted by Supreme Court on August 29 of waging a war against the Government of India and other crimes and sentenced to death.

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