Mumbai, Feb 21 (IANS) “This is a victory of justice and defeat of drama by Pakistani terrorist Kasab,” Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said here Monday after the Bombay High Court upheld the death sentence to Kasab a lower court awarded for the killings during the 26/11 terrorist strike.
Speaking to mediapersons, a beaming Nikam said that “the storm of terror unleashed by Kasab and his accomplices has finally ended” and there would be mourning and breast-beating in the camps of his handlers.
In his briefing, in which he called Kasab “a monster” and “a demon” and also threw in a couplet to loud applause, Nikam said that Kasab frequently attempted to misguide the prosecution and investigators, changed his statements at regular intervals and even pleaded for a life term at the fag end of the trial.
“However, nothing worked and we managed to foil all his designs. The Bombay High Court has upheld our plea, terming it as ‘the rarest of rare cases’ and retained the death verdict by the lower court,” Nikam said.
Expressing his happiness at the outcome, Nikam said the “monster” who was involved in the Nov 26-29, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks, in which 166 people were killed and over 230 injured, has been brought to justice.
Nikam also said he would recommend appealing against the acquittal of his two Indian co-accused Fahim Ansari and Sabahuddin Ahmed by the court Monday.
“After getting the copy of the order, I shall recommend to the government to appeal against the judgment letting off the two co-accused,” Nikam said.