India's Home Ministry has recommended that the president reject a clemency plea filed by the lone surviving gunman of the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.

Mohammed Ajmal Kasab was sentenced to death in 2010 on charges of murder, conspiracy against India and terrorism, and the Supreme Court later upheld the sentence. Last month, the Pakistani national sent a petition to President Pranab Mukherjee seeking clemency.

The Press Trust of India reported Tuesday that the Home Ministry has advised Mukherjee to reject the petition. Government prosecutor Ujwal Nikam said the president would keep in mind the ministry's recommendation while considering Kasab's plea.

Kasab and nine other Pakistani gunmen rampaged through Mumbai for three days in November 2008, attacking two luxury hotels, a Jewish center and a packed train station.