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Fees of Kasab's Counsel to Be Given to Slain Cops' Kin

The "high professional ethics" of counsel Raju Ramachandran and Gaurav Agrawal, who sought to donate to the legal service authority their fees worth around Rs 15 lakh, earned for helping the court as amicus curae in deciding the appeal of the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist Ajmal Kasab, today won the wholesome praise of the Supreme Court.

Appreciating their gesture, a bench of justices Aftab Alam and C K Prasad asked the Maharashtra government to distribute the fee for the two counsel among family members of the 18 state policemen and other security personnel, who were killed in the 26/11 anti-terror operations.

"We appreciate the high standards of professional ethics of Shri Raju Ramachandran and Shri Gaurav Agrawal," observed the bench, commending the two advocates' gesture.

It directed that the amount should "be proportionately distributed among the kith and kind of the 18 police personnel and other security personnel killed in the Mumbai carnage."

While upholding the death penalty of the sole surviving Mumbai carnage terrorist Kasab, the court had fixed as token remuneration Rs 11 lakh for senior counsel Ramachandran and Rs 3.5 lakh for advocate Agrawal for their assistance to it as amicus curiae in the matter.

The two advocates, in a joint plea to the bench, sought its permission to return the money, while seeking to donate the same to the apex court's legal service authority.

The bench had earlier dismissed 25-year-old Kasab's plea against his conviction and death sentence confirmed by the Bombay High Court, saying he was given free and fair trial in the case.

"Kasab's confessional statement was very much voluntary except a very small portion," the bench had held.

It had also dismissed Kasab's contention that the trial was not fair because the government did not provide him advocate during the time when he was arrested and put on trial.

Kasab along with nine other Pakistani terrorists had landed in south Mumbai on November 26, 2008 night after travelling from Karachi by sea and had gone on a shooting spree at various city landmarks.

While Kasab was the lone terrorist captured alive, the other terrorists in his group were killed by security forces during the counter-terror operations.

Kasab, who is lodged in Arthur Road Prison in Mumbai, was sentenced to death by a special anti-terror court on May 6, 2010. Kasab's death penalty was upheld on charges of criminal conspiracy, waging war against the nation and various other provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the anti-terror law -- Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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4/D-1
Oct 05, 2012
12:23 AM

Kautilya,

Who said the plaintiffs were the families of the martyred cops? The Case as we know it was Md. Ajmal Md. Amir Kasab Vs State of Maharashtra. In fact, the supreme court asked the plaintiff to pay legal fees to the defendant's council. Do you not see the irony here? It was like the Maharashtra Government was paying Raju to work against them.The defendant's lawyer, very appropriately returned the states money to the victims of the case, because it would have been conflict of interest had he not done so.

Also, Raju Ramachandran was asked to represent Kasab. He didn't do it out of choice. He had to be paid for the legal acumen he brought to the table, he deserved the money for his services like a certain BJP Rajya Sabha MP better known as 'the smuggler's lawyer' who curiously represents Amit Shah these days deserves every penny he has earned in his luminous career. What Ramachandra does with the money is his prerogative. He decided to give it to the slain cops' families who were undeniable victims of the unnecessary blood bath. Respect!

Amar Prem, Boston
3/D-95
Oct 04, 2012
10:45 PM

It is a nice gesture. We seldom see people give away hard earned money. The court ordered Maharashtra Government to pay for the legal counsel of Raju Ramachandran. It was Maharashtra's money and it went back to the families of Maharastran heros who laid down their lives on that fateful day.

I am amazed at the comments above though. But then how can you except Modi 'chamchas' to like anything about Raju Ramachandran, the same senior lawyer who as a court appointed amicus curae for 2002 Gujarat riot case had implicated Modi of several wrong doings and requested the court to prosecute Modi for serious criminal offenses.

Amar Prem, Boston
2/D-138
Oct 03, 2012
09:09 PM

>> "The "high professional ethics" of counsel Raju Ramachandran and Gaurav Agrawal..."

Why do they have to declare this AFTER they lost the case? They tried their best to drag an otherwise open-and-shut case for so long. The word 'amicus curiae' means 'friend of the court'. What professional ethics did Raju Ramachandran exhibit when he behaved more like a defence counsel than a facilitator?

The Irreverent Indian, Online
1/D-136
Oct 03, 2012
08:58 PM

 The "high professional ethics" of counsel Raju Ramachandran and Gaurav Agrawal

What a bunch of douche bags! They don't understand the irony, nor the conflict of interest in this stupid gesture. The professional services compensation that they got for appearing for the defendant is proposed to be givent to plaintiffs in the same case - that is so inappropriate. Families of slain cops will duly reject such money. 

Kautilya, Washington DC
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