Abdul Latif Adam Momin alias Abdul Rehman, sentenced to life in the IC-814 Indian Airlines flight highjack case, has approached the Punjab and Haryana high court to seek suspension of his sentence.
The Indian Airlines flight IC-814 from Kathmandu with 180 passengers on board was hijacked on December 24, 1999 while flying over Lucknow towards Delhi and was later taken to Kandahar in Afghanistan.
Momin's petition came up for hearing before a division bench comprising justice Hemant Gupta and justice AN Jindal on Friday. The bench referred the petition for hearing before some other bench as justice Jindal had heard the case earlier as sessions judge in Patiala.
Momin had been undergoing his sentence for the past 12 years when a Patiala sessions court designated as an anti-hijacking court on February 5, 2008, had sentenced him to life imprisonment along with other two co-accused, namely Yusuf Nepali and Dalip Bhujail.
All the three were accused of helping out the hijackers by facilitating them with passports, accommodation, arms and ammunition.
Momin in his petition has said that he had been sentenced on the basis of confessions which were recorded in 40 pages in just two hours which was not possible.
He further added that the mobile which the CBI had shown to have been recovered from him did not belong to him and even the CBI was not able to present the seizure memo for the mobile taken from him.
A total of five hijackers namely Ibrahim Athar (brother of Jash-e-Mohammed head Masood Azhar), SA Sayed alias Doctor, Sunny Ahmed Qazi, Z I Mistri alias Bhola and RG Verma alias Shakir who had succeeded in flying the aircraft to Kandahar had negotiated with the Indian government and finally got released three dreaded terrorists Masood Azhar, Omar Sayeed Sheikh and Mushtaq Zargar for releasing the passengers.