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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kasab's juvenile plea dismissed

MUMBAI, Dec 14 : The Bombay High Court on Tuesday dismissed Ajmal Kasab's his plea to order an enquiry to determine whether he was a juvenile even as prosecution sought confirmation of death penalty awarded to him in the 26/11 terror attacks.

In another development, the High Court asked the prosecution to file its reply on Wednesday (today) to another petition filed by Kasab seeking constitution of medical board to study his psychological profile and mental frame of mind. A bench headed by Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice VM More held that the trial court, after holding an enquiry into Kasab's age, had come to the conclusion that he was a major.The judges said since the issue had already been decided by the trial court,Kasab's plea for a fresh enquiry into his age could not be considered now. Kasab's lawyers Amin Solkar and Farhana Shah have also requested the court to appoint an NGO working in India and Pakistan to evaluate his family background and circumstances which made him participate in the 26/11 terror attacks for which he was sentenced to death. This issue would be decided on> Wednesday.

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