Batla House encounter verdict

Ariz Khan, convicted of the murder of a Delhi Police inspector, has been given the death penalty. Earlier on Monday, a Delhi court had reserved its order on the quantum of sentence for Ariz Khan, who was allegedly associated with terror outfit Indian Mujahideen.

Delhi’s Saket court, in its verdict, observed that Ariz Khan’s offence fell under the “rarest of the rare category” warranting the maximum sentence. Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav said Ariz be hanged by neck till death. Apart from awarding him the death penalty, the Delhi court also imposed a total fine of Rs 11 lakh on Ariz Khan. Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav had convicted Ariz Khan for the murder of Delhi Police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma. Found guilty under section 302 of the IPC, Ariz Khan could have been sentenced to death or handed life imprisonment. Inspector Sharma of the police’s special cell was killed during the Batla House encounter between the police and alleged terrorists in Jamia Nagar in south Delhi following serial bomb blasts in the national capital in which 39 people died and 159 were injured.

Ariz Khan had fled from the encounter spot and was declared proclaimed offender. He was arrested on February 14, 2018. Ariz Khan had been convicted of Delhi Police inspector MC Sharma’s murder on March 8. Earlier in 2013, co-accused Shahzad had been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the 2008 Batla House encounter. The encounter had resulted in Inspector MC Sharma’s death and injuries to several other police personnel.