New Delhi, Oct 3: The Supreme Court has directed that the Rs 14.5 lakh spent on the legal defense of 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab be paid to the families of policemen who died in harness during the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Earlier this year, the apex court had ordered the Maharashtra government to recompense the two lawyers who had appeared on Kasab's behalf. Raju Ramachandran was to be given Rs 11 lakh while Gaurav Agarwal was to get Rs 3.5 lakh.
However, both the lawyers declined to accept the fees prescribed by the Supreme Court in Aug. Today the court said that as many as 18 familes will share the money.
In the last week of Nov 2008, Kasab along with nine other Pakistan-trained terrorists came to Mumbai in a boat that had set sail from Karachi. The group then held India's financial capital to ransom for nearly three days.
They put to death a total of 166 persons at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, Nariman House Jewish community centre, Oberoi Trident, Metro cinema, St Xavier's College and a narrow lane near the same institution.
Kasab, whose associates were all killed by policemen and commandos, is said to have shot dead seven of the victims. The trial court found him guilty of killing three top police officers namely Ashok Kamte who was then the Additional Commissioner, Anti Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare and encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar.