16 Crores Spent in 3 Years on Ajmal Kasab
Bangalore: As the memories of the deadliest day draws near, it's revealed that the government of Maharashtra has spent over 16 Crores in three years on Ajmal Kasab, India's most high-profile prisoner.
The lone Pakistani terrorist captured alive during the Mumbai terror attacks that killed 164 people is now accommodated at the Arthur Road jail. The state home department has spent over 16.17 crore on his accommodation which necessitated building a special cell and deployment of special forces from Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) apart from expenses on his food, safety and medical treatments.
It should also be noted that the expenditure doesn't include the fees paid to the special public prosecutor and his team. And it's reported that the state government is taking a stock of the huge money spent on this Pakistani national in the wake of the third anniversary of the 26/11 attacks.
The city of Mumbai had been in siege as a group of 10 terrorists from its immediate neighbor and archrival Pakistan, who went on a three-day killing spree leaving 164 people dead and 308 injured. Caught alive during the attacks, Kasab received a fair trial in a special court at the end of which sessions court judge M L Tahilyani sentenced him to death.
The legal expenditure alone was estimated to be around 12 Lakhs until the case was challenged in the apex court. Special public prosecutor Ujwal Nikam's fee has reportedly gone up ever since the case was taken to the Supreme Court and he is paid 50,000 a day for every hearing along with business class air travels and VIP suite in the state guesthouse. The state has paid Rs 10.87 crore up to July 2011 for the ITBP who provides 20 commandos equipped with highly sophisticated weaponry and communication devices to provide a round the clock guard to Kasab.
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