Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving accused in the Mumbai Terror attack case, has been denied any relief by the apex court in the sentence awarded to him. The Supreme Court has described his involvement as a war against the state and declined to reduce or commute the sentence, saying that it was the only punishment suitable for him. The court also declined to take cognizance of Kasab’s young age to give him any relief.
From the very beginning, it appeared to be an open-and-shut case which had little room for any doubt. However, the delaying tactics adopted by the accused have led to the present situation.
It clears the decks for Kasab’s hanging in the case. Of course, there are still many options open to him to delay his hanging e.g. mercy petition to the President, review petition in the Supreme Court, curative petition in the Supreme Court pinpointing flaws in hearing etc.