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26/11: Kasab's lawyers' fees to be given to families of martyr cops
Oct 03, 2012, 19:41 PM IST
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New Delhi/Mumbai: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Maharashtra government to give the amount spent on the legal support of Ajmal Amir Kasab to the families of the 18 policemen, who died during the 26/11 attacks. The court's judgment came after both the lawyers who defended Kasab refused to accept the payment.
A total of Rs 14.5 lakhs was spent on Kasab's legal defence in which the top court had asked the Maharashtra government to pay Rs 11 lakhs to senior lawyer Raju Ramachandran and Rs 3.5 lakhs to Gaurav Agarwal, who had assisted him.
Appreciating the apex court's gesture, Smita Salaskar, the widow of Vijay Salaskar who was shot dead by the attackers outside Cama Hospital, said she will donate the money to a charitable cause, NDTV reported.
Kasab is the only attacker who was captured alive during India's worst-ever terror attack. The nine other terrorists who had sailed to Mumbai from Pakistan were killed during their 72-hour siege of the city. 166 people died during the attacks which targeted Mumbai landmarks, a Jewish centre and a hospital.
In August, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Kasab against the death sentence given to him by the Mumbai High Court.
The Bombay High Court had found that Kasab and his partner, Abu Ismail, killed 56 innocent people. Kasab, the judges said, was solely responsible for seven deaths, including three of Maharashtra's senior-most policemen who tried to protect Mumbai during the first few hours of the 26/11 attacks.