Batla House encounter: Convict appeals against life sentence, seeks bail

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today sought the response of police on an appeal filed by Shahzad Ahmed against his conviction in the 2008 Batla House encounter case
for killing decorated police officer Inspector MC Sharma and injuring two other cops.

Shahzad, 25, was awarded life imprisonment on 30 July by a sessions court for killing the police officer in the 19 September, 2008 encounter when a team of Delhi Police
Special Cell raided the Batla House flat in Jamia Nagar on a tip-off that terrorists involved in the 13 September, 2008 serial blasts in the city were holed up there.

A bench of justices Kailash Gambhir and Indermeet Kaur issued notice to Delhi Police and sought its response by 11 November on Shahzad's appeal against his conviction and also on his plea for bail.

 Batla House encounter: Convict appeals against life sentence, seeks bail

The sole convict in the case has received life imprisonment. Image courtesy: Ibnlive

"Appeal is admitted. Notice issued to Delhi Police and reply to be filed by next date of hearing," the bench said. The court also summoned trial court's record pertaining
to the case.

The trial court had on July 25 held Shahzad guilty on charges 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.

While awarding him life term, the court had noted that death of Sharma had shocked the collective conscience of the entire nation.

He was also slapped with a fine of Rs.95,000 of which Rs.40,000 was to be given to Sharma's family and 20,000 to Head Constable Balwant Singh, who was injured in the
encounter.

Shahzad is also among the 13 suspected terrorists facing trial in the 2008 serial blasts case. The multiple blasts had left 26 dead and 133 injured.

PTI

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Updated Date: Sep 20, 2013 14:29:44 IST