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2008 Batla House Encounter: Delhi HC to Decide on Thursday if IM Terrorist Ariz Khan Will Be Hanged – News18


The Delhi High Court will pronounce its order on Indian Mujahideen terrorist Ariz Khan on Thursday. (File Image/News18)

2008 Batla House Encounter: A bench headed by Justice Siddharth Mridul and Amit Sharma will also pronounce orders on the appeal filed by Ariz Khan challenging his conviction and death sentence in the case related to Mohan Chand Sharma’s killing

Fifteen years after gunshots rang in L-18 flat of Delhi’s Batla House, leaving two terrorists and one police inspector, Mohan Chand Sharma, dead, the Delhi High Court will on Thursday pronounce its order on the reference for confirmation of death penalty to Indian Mujahideen terrorist Ariz Khan.

Khan alias Junaid was arrested by the Delhi Police’s Special Cell in 2018, almost a decade after being on the run following the said encounter.

A bench headed by Justice Siddharth Mridul and Amit Sharma will also pronounce orders on the appeal filed by Khan challenging his conviction and death sentence in the case related to Sharma’s killing.

SAKET COURT AWARDED KHAN DEATH SENTENCE

In May 2021, Delhi’s Saket Court had convicted Khan for Sharma’s murder during the encounter between police and the said terrorists at South East Delhi’s Batla House. Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav had held Khan guilty under sections 186, 333, 353, 302, 397 of the Indian Penal Code and section 27 of Arms Act.

While pronouncing the order, the court had said, “Proved on record Khan, with associates, voluntarily caused grievous hurt to one SI. Also been proved on record, Khan with associates, intentionally and knowingly caused murder of Sharma by firearm.”

With the evidence adduced on record ocular, documentary and scientific, the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that Khan along with accomplices obstructed Sharma in discharge of public function and in furtherance of common intention, used criminal force to decease Sharma, the court said.

The court had also observed that it is proved that Khan, with his associates, voluntarily caused grievous hurt to one SI.

Khan, along with associates, fired gunshot on Balwant and another police officer. It has also been proved on record that he fired the gunshot on Sharma and thereby committed offence under the Arms Act.

“Khan managed to flee the occurrence and did not appear despite being declared a proclaimed offender,” the court had said.



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