Defence lawyers of Ajmal Kasab on Wednesday expressed surprise at the "sudden" hanging of the lone surviving Pakistani gunman in the Mumbai attack and raised questions over the execution being shrouded in secrecy.
"I was shocked. It was all of a sudden. Why was the execution shrouded in such secrecy," Defence lawyer Amin Farhana Shah said.
Shah along with Amin Solkar and Abbas Kazmi appeared for Kasab in the sessions and Bombay High Court.
"May be guarding him for so long was becoming a burden on the exchequer. But why the secrecy ?" Solkar told PTI.
Solkar, however, said it is good that the government expedited this case as it must have been done in the interest of the society and victims.
Solkar and Shah defended Kasab in the High Court after they were appointed by it to appear for the accused.
Kazmi, who appeared for Kasab before the sessions court, opined that the government might have taken Kasab's mercy petition out of turn as it was an exceptional case.
"This case had international ramifications also. The common man was waiting for this execution. Even the victims will be at some peace now," he said.