Batla house encounter convict sentenced

Death penalty awarded to Ariz khan

A Delhi court on Monday awarded death penalty to Ariz Khan for murder of inspector Mohan Chand Sharma and other offences in connection with the 2008 Batla House encounter. Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav also imposed a total fine of 11 lakh against Ariz in the case. The court said 10 lakh should be immediately released to the family members of Sharma.


"I feel the fine of ₹10 lakh is insufficient. Hence, I am referring the matter to Delhi Legal Services Authority for award of additional compensation," the judge further said.


Additional Public Prosecutor A T Ansari, appearing for the police, sought death penalty for Ariz, allegedly associated with the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, saying it was not just any killing but a murder of a law enforcement officer who was a defender of justice.


Earlier, Police sought death penalty for Khan, allegedly associated with the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, saying it was not just any killing but a murder of a law enforcement officer who was a defender of justice.


Additional Public Prosecutor A T Ansari, appearing for the police, said the case attracts exemplary punishment, which is capital punishment. Khan's counsel opposed the death penalty.


The court had said on March 8 that it was "duly proved that Ariz Khan and his associates caused murder of police official and fired gunshot on the police official".


Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on 2008 Batla House encounter verdict said, "Sonia Ji, Arvind Kejriwal, Mamata Banerjee, & Digvijaya Singh had raised questions on the police action &, in a way, sided with the terrorists. I demand that they should apologise to the nation."

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