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Supreme Court and Kasab

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This development in the case of Ajmal Kasab versus the state of Maharashtra is sure to take over today’s evening news. The Hindu reports:

The Supreme Court on Monday suspended the death sentence awarded to Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Kasab in 26/11 Mumbai attack case, saying that it would like to hear his plea challenging capital punishment at length as “due process of law” has to be followed, even though many feel that the appeal should be outrightly “rejected”.

While staying Kasab’s death sentence and agreeing to deal with the appeal expeditiously, a special bench of justices Aftab Alam and C. K. Prasad also permitted him to amend his Special Leave Petition and furnish additional grounds to challenge the sentence awarded to him by the special court and confirmed by the Bombay High Court.

“In our country many people are of the view that the appeal should be rejected (outrightly) and should not be heard at all but we are happy that you have decided to assist the court as amicus,” the bench told Mr. [Raju] Ramachandran.

It said it would like to hear the matter at length “as the rule of law is supreme in the country and the due process of law has to be observed“.

IBNLive adds:

The Supreme Court on Monday stayed 26/11 accused Ajmal Kasab’s execution and issued a notice to the Maharashtra government on his plea. Kasab’s execution has been stayed till amicus curae report is heard. The Supreme Court will hear Kasab’s case regularly from January 31, 2012.

The apex court has asked the state government to reply to Kasab’s plea. No specific time frame has been set for the Maharashtra government to reply, but the court stressed on the fact that the case would be dealt with expeditiously.

While passing the order, the judge said that the case has to be decided on a top priority basis, adding that after such acts Kasab does not deserve an appeal.

The case is in its preliminary stage in the Supreme Court. Around three to four months back, the court first heard Kasab’s case in which most documents were in Marathi and it asked the governnment to come back with the documents translated in English.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

October 10, 2011 at 1:14 pm

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