The lone surviving Pakistani terrorist Ajamal Amir Kasab, the convicted for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack on Tuesday requested the Supreme Court to commute his death sentence to life imprisonment. The senior lawyer Raju Ramachandran said that the cost of keeping Kasab alive should not be taken into consideration by the court while it decides that whether he should be hung or not.
Raju Ramchandran has been appointed as amicus curiae by the top court to defend Kasab. He also argued that terrorist was young when he got involved in the terrorist attack in Mumbai. He pleaded for a lenient approach as he was drawn into this by exploitation of religious faith, false ideology and distortion
Kasab is lodged in a special cell in high-security Arthur Road jail of Mumbai. He was convicted and sentenced to death by a trial court in Mumbai on May 2010 and later by the Bombay High Court in February last year.
The Maharashtra government will counter the arguments by Kasab’s counsel on Wednesday. Former Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam is representing the state government.
Kasab was one of the 10 Pakistanis terrorist who illegally sailed into India and launched strikes in two luxury hotels on Nov 26, 2008.