Timeline of case against Kasab


Mumbai : Pakistani national Ajmal Kasab and nine others launched the four-day terror siege of Mumbai on Nov 26, 2008. On Wednesday, nearly four years later, the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence given to Kasab, the only Pakistani gunman caught alive. From then to now, a timeline:

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Nov 26: Kasab and nine Pakistani gunmen launch a bloody attack on multiple locations in south Mumbai

Nov 27: At 1.30 a.m., Kasab caught and placed under arrest, admitted to Nair hospital

Nov 29: Kasab gives statement to police, confesses role

Nov 29: All places under siege secured after 60 hours, nine terrorists killed

Nov 30: Kasab confesses before police

Dec 27/28: Identification parade held


Jan 13: M.L. Tahaliyani appointed 26/11 special judge

Jan 16: Arthur Road Jail selected for Kasab’s trial

Feb 5: Kasab’s DNA samples match with articles seized from fishing boat, Kuber

Feb 20/21: Kasab makes confession before Magistrate (Miss) R.V. Sawant-Wagule

Feb 22: Ujjwal Nikam appointed special public prosecutor

Feb 25: Chargesheet against Kasab, two others filed in Esplanade Metropolitan Court

April 1: Anjali Waghmare appointed Kasab’s lawyer by the special court

April 15: Trial in 26/11 case commences

April 15: Anjali Waghmare removed as Kasab’s lawyer

April 16: S.G. Abbas Kazmi appointed Kasab’s lawyer

April 17: Kasab’s confession opened in court, he retracts

April 20: Prosecution charge Kasab on 312 counts

April 29: Kasab is major, say experts after lawyer claimed he was juvenile

May 6: Charges framed, Kasab charged on 86 counts, denies charges

May 8: First eyewitness deposes, identifies Kasab

June 23: Non-bailable warrants issued against 22, including Hafeez Saeed, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi

June 25: Kasab suffering from ulcers, court told

July 20: Kasab pleads guilty before Special Judge M.L. Tahaliyani

Nov 30: Abbas Kazmi removed as Kasab’s lawyer

Dec 1: K.P. Pawar officially takes Abbas Kazmi’s place

Dec 16: Prosecution completes case in 26/11

Dec 18: Kasab denies all charges


Feb 11: Shahid Azmi, lawyer of one of the 26/11 accused, shot dead in Kurla

Feb 22: David Coleman Headley issue crops up in court

Feb 23: Final argument to begins from March 9

March 31: Special court fixes May 3 as date of judgement

May 6: Kasab sentenced to death by 26/11 court

June 8: Amin Solkar, Farhana Shah appointed lawyers for Kasab to appear in high court

Oct 18: Kasab’s death sentence confirmation/appeal hearing to commence in high court

Oct 19: Kasab throws tantrums, wants to attend court in person, spits at camera and says “send me to America”; judges warn him to behave properly

Oct 21: Kasab reiterates before his lawyers that he wants to come to court personally

Oct 25: High court judges views CCTV footage purportedly showing Kasab and slain terrorist Abu Ismail in terror acts.

Oct 27: Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam justifies death sentence awarded to Kasab by trial court

Oct 29: Kasab confused trial court by taking frequent U-turns, argues Nikam

Nov 23: High court judges once again watch CCTV footages of Kasab and Ismael

Nov 25: Kasab’s lawyer Amin Solkar begins argument, says trial was unfair. He demands retrial in 26/11 case

Nov 30: Solkar argues that charge of “waging war against nation” was not made out against Kasab

Dec 2: Kasab did not come from Pakistan by dinghy, his lawyer says. Adds that dinghy could not accommodate 10 people


Jan 17: Court reserves judgment till Feb 7

Feb 7: Bombay High Court sets Feb 21 as judgment date

Feb 21: Bombay High Court upholds death verdict on Kasab

July 29: Kasab challenges death sentence in Supreme Court


Aug 29: Supreme Court confirms Kasab’s death sentence