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Kasab yawns as hearing on death sentence starts
Hearing on the confirmation of the death sentence to Pakistani terrorist Kasab begins on Monday at the Bombay High Court.
Mumbai: Unprecedented security arrangements have been made at the Bombay High Court where the hearing on the confirmation of the death sentence to Pakistani terrorist Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab begins on Monday.
Kasab will not be present in person but participate in the proceedings through video-conferencing in view of the threat perceptions against him.
The day-to-day hearing will be taken up before a division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice RV More.
Special Judge ML Tahaliyani, who is now the principal sessions judge, awarded the capital punishment to the 22-year-old Pakistani gunman for his role in the November 26-29, 2008 Mumbai attack that claimed the lives of 166 people, including 26 foreigners.
Unprecedented security measures have been ordered in the court premises with strict regulations on the entry of lawyers, litigants, mediapersons, court employees and others in Court No. 49.
Government counsel Ujjwal Nikam, who fought the case in the trial court, will open his arguments seeking confirmation of the death sentence.
Later, defence lawyers Farhana Shah and Amin Solkar will make their submissions on the confirmation of the sentence and their appeal against it.
Two other co-accused in the case, Faheem Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed, who were acquitted by the Special Court owing to "doubtful evidence" against them, were re-arrested following an appeal filed by the state government.
Both are currently lodged in different jails in Mumbai.
Security forces killed nine out of 10 gunmen, barring Kasab, who staged the attack.
Meanwhile, Kasab smiled, yawned and scratched his head showing no signs of remorse as the State opened arguments in the Bombay High Court on confirmation of his death sentence.
23-year-old Kasab, who appeared on a big screen sharp at 11 AM, seemed to be uninterested in the proceedings as most of the time he was seen smiling and yawning. At times, he scratched his head, played with the button of his prison uniform and stretched his arms. (With Agencies inputs)
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