Shahzad gets life termin Batla encounter case
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.