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Thursday, 22 November 2012

Ajmal Kasab hanged

Many questions are being raised over the timing of Ajmal Kasab's execution a day ahead of Parliament's winter session, but the date for it — November 21 — was actually set over two months ago.

After Supreme Court confirmed Kasab's death sentence on August 29, the Maharashtra government, in consultation with the additional sessions judge on September 11, agreed on November 21 as the date for his execution. Though a mercy petition was filed subsequently, it was turned down by Maharashtra governor K Sankaranarayanan on September 26.

On October 1, the Maharashtra government reconfirmed November 21 as Kasab's hanging date, and conveyed this to the Union home ministry. The Centre acted with extraordinary prompteness in clearing the Kasab file, given the enormity of his crime. The MHA opinion was formulated in less than three weeks and the file forwarded to President Pranab Mukherjee on October 16 with the recommendation that the mercy plea be rejected.
Source : The Economic Times


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