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Kasab judgment: options before the court

May 03, 2010 08:31 AM IST India India

New Delhi: The lone surviving terrorist in the 26/11 Mumbai Attacks, Ajmal Kasab is facing 86 charges ranging from murder to waging war against the nation.

The penalty for most of the charges is either life imprisonment, or death. If convicted and sentenced to death by the special court, the High Court will have to review it and be satisfied with the court's proceedings, before it confirms the death sentence.

The High Court can also, at this stage acquit, order a re-trial, or order an inquiry into the case.

In case the High Court agrees with the prosecution and confirms the sentence, Kasab has the option of moving the Supreme Court to challenge the order.

If the Supreme Court dismisses the appeal, he could explore other avenues like presidential pardon and face several more hearings, before he finally serves his sentence.

Kasab's stand throughout the trial has remained the same. He has claimed that he had been framed by the police and his confession was given under duress. During the trial, the special court has heard the testimony of 658 witnesses.