Human Rights

Kasab was a “contract killer”

Mumbai: Arguing that though Kasab was guilty of killing people, he had no idea of the entire conspiracy nor was he a part of it. He might be called a “contract killer”. The two government appointed counsels, Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah, submitted this before the Bombay High Court. They argued that his confessional statement and the guilt plea should be discarded as both had contrary stands. Submitting that unaware of operations carried on at Hotel Taj Mahal, Hotel Oberoi Trident and Nariman House, Kasab’s was a role confined to CST and Cama Hospital which was of a “contract killer”, said Solkar.

Solkar pointed out that when a person makes a confession it should result in his conviction. Similarly, when a guilt plea is made before the court it should be considered like a confession. Kasab has made both which were contradictiory to each other and should not be accepted because they create doubts as to which one should be believed.

Pleading before the bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and R.V. More the counsels prayed for commuting his death sentence into life term. Arguing further that though he has been accused of waging war against the government; he did not kill a single officer of the machinery at the CST. It was further pointed out that there was no evidence suggesting that Kasab killed the crew of the boat Kuber. How can then he be accused of killing other persons on the boat?

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2010 on page no. 11

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