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Kasab's mercy plea: Govt rejects it, Pranab to take final call

October 23, 2012 18:45 IST

The mercy plea of Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, has been rejected by the government, which has sent its recommendation to the President.

A top home ministry official said Kasab's mercy petition has been dismissed as he was involved in waging war against India that led to the killing of 166 people.

The 25-year-old Pakistani and nine other fellow Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists had landed in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 by sea from Karachi and had gone on a shooting spree at various places, carrying out the country's worst terror attack. While Kasab was captured alive, the other terrorists were killed by security forces.

Kasab's mercy petition was sent to the home ministry by the Maharashtra government in September after rejecting the plea.

A brief official release said, "The home ministry has only processed Kasab's mercy petition and submitted it to the President".

After nearly a four-year-long legal battle, on August 29, the Supreme Court had confirmed the death penalty awarded to the LeT operative by the trial court and later upheld by the Bombay high court.

Upholding Kasab's conviction, the apex court had said that he killed without "the slightest twinge of conscience".

The Pakistani terrorist is currently lodged in an egg-shaped cell at the high-security Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai.

It is now up to President Pranab Mukherjee to take a final decision on Kasab's mercy plea.

There are more than a dozen mercy petitions pending before the President for final decision, which includes that of Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru.

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