BJP apprehensive on execution of Kasab’s sentence

Monday, February 21, 2011

NEW DELHI - Even as Mumbai terror attack convict Mohammed Ajmal Kasab’s death sentence was upheld, the Bhartiya Janata party Monday expressed apprehension over the execution of the sentence.

“The court has sentenced Kasab, but the question is whether he will be hanged because the ruling party will again say that he is in the queue. The death sentence has been given, but when it will be executed depends on the government,” party spokeperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters outside parliament.

The Bombay High Court Monday upheld the death sentence awarded to Kasab by a lower court for the killings during the 26/11 terrorist strike.

The main opposition party said that the execution of Kasab’s sentence may be stalled just like that of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

“Afzal Guru is still in the queue to be hanged even after the Supreme Court verdict,” he said.

Reiterating the partys demand for hanging Guru, Javadekar demanded Kasabs sentence be executed soon.

We demand that whether it is Kasab or Afzal Guru, there should not be any queue. Those who have acted against the country should be hanged immediately, he said.

Kasabs sentence was hailed by Home Minister P. Chidambaram as a “victory of Indian legal system.”

It is the victory of the Indian legal system. It shows that the legal system should be left to take its own course, Chidambaram told reporters outside parliament.

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