Batla house encounter, shehzad Ahmed, sentenced life imprisonment

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New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to India Mujahideen (IM) operative Shahzad Ahmad, who was convicted last week in the 2008 Batla House encounter case for killing inspector M C Sharma and injuring two others.

The court also imposed fine on Shahzad of Rs 95,000.Of the amount Rs 40,000 is to be paid to family of slain inspector M C Sharma and Rs 20,000 to injured cop Balwant.

The prosecution had sought death penalty for Ahmad, saying it was a "rarest of rare case". The Delhi Police had also demanded a death sentence for the lone convict, arguing that there were no mitigating circumstances favouring him.

The plea to hang Ahmad was made on Monday before Additional Sessions Judge Rajender Kumar Shastri, who convicted the man from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh for killing Delhi Police Special Cell Inspector MC Sharma during the shootout.

The prosecution, while seeking death penalty for Ahmad, had said, "This case falls in the rarest of rare category. I request the court to give maximum punishment that is death."

"For the interest of society, the interest of the victim's family, I pray to court that the convict be given death," prosecution said.

Counsel Satish Tamta, appearing for Ahmad, had urged the court to take a "lenient" view as the case did not fall in the category of "organised crime".

"The case doesn't fall in the organised crime category, the incident happened on the spur of the moment. It was not against the women, children or helpless people. I request the court to take a lenient view. Don't treat it as a rarest of rare case," the counsel said, adding that a chance be given to Ahmad to "reform" himself.

The Delhi Police had argued for capital punishment on the ground that he had killed and injured on-duty police officers and was involved in various other heinous crimes, including the September 13, 2008 serial blasts here which left 26 people dead and injured 133. Mr. Tamta while seeking leniency in the sentencing also said that Shahzad was 20—year—old at the time of the incident and was still studying. The prosecutor, however, opposed his submissions and said Shahzad fired on police officers who had gone to the flat in Jamia Nagar to apprehend its occupants and had even identified themselves as cops. She said that Shahzad is involved in five other cases concerning the September 13, 2008 serial blasts in Delhi which had claimed 26 lives and injured 133 others. The prosecution also said while awarding any punishment, the court should also take into account the pain of the family of inspector Sharma. Security was beefed up at the court premises on Monday with police personnel carrying teargas shells clearing a substantial area near the courtroom. On July 25, Shahzad was convicted for the offences of murder, attempting to cause death and various other provisions of the IPC and the Arms Act. The court had also found him guilty of assaulting police officers and obstructing them from doing their duty. Without questioning the genuiness of the encounter, the ASJ had said that instead of assisting the raiding team which had arrived at Flat 108, L—18, Batla House, the occupants, including Shahzad, had fired at it. Mr. Tamta while seeking leniency in the sentencing also said that Shahzad was 20—year—old at the time of the incident and was still studying. The prosecutor, however, opposed his submissions and said Shahzad fired on police officers who had gone to the flat in Jamia Nagar to apprehend its occupants and had even identified themselves as cops. She said that Shahzad is involved in five other cases concerning the September 13, 2008 serial blasts in Delhi which had claimed 26 lives and injured 133 others. The prosecution also said while awarding any punishment, the court should also take into account the pain of the family of inspector Sharma. Security was beefed up at the court premises on Monday with police personnel carrying teargas shells clearing a substantial area near the courtroom. On July 25, Shahzad was convicted for the offences of murder, attempting to cause death and various other provisions of the IPC and the Arms Act. The court had also found him guilty of assaulting police officers and obstructing them from doing their duty. Without questioning the genuiness of the encounter, the ASJ had said that instead of assisting the raiding team which had arrived at Flat 108, L—18, Batla House, the occupants, including Shahzad, had fired at it.

 

 

 



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