Shahzad gets life ter­min Batla en­counter case

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SUS­PECTED In­dian Mu­jahideen (IM) ter­ror­ist Shahzad Ahmed, con­victed in the 2008 Batla House en­counter case, was to­day sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment by a Delhi court for killing dec­o­rated po­lice of­fi­cer MC Sharma and in­jur­ing two other cops.

Ad­di­tional Ses­sions Judge (ASJ) Ra­jen­der Kumar Shastri also im­posed a fine of ` 95,000 on him. The court said that out of the fine amount, ` 40,000 would go to the fam­ily of Sharma and ` 20,000 to Head Con­sta­ble Bal­want Singh, who was in­jured in the en­counter.

The court had yes­ter­day re­served its ver­dict on the quan­tum of sen­tence af­ter hear­ing ar­gu­ments from the pros­e­cu­tion and the de­fence. The pros­e­cu­tion had sought death penalty while the de­fence coun­sel had pleaded for le­niency and a chance for ref­or­ma­tion of the con­vict.

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 blasts.

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