Paving the way for start of trial in the Batla House encounter in which a Delhi Police Inspector was killed in 2008, a local court on Thursday sent the matter to a sessions court for framing of charges and subsequent proceedings against a suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist.
“The judicial file be sent to the District and Sessions Judge concerned,” Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kiran Bansal said on conclusion of the procedural formalities.
The court provided a copy of the chargesheet to IM suspect Shahzad, the lone arrested accused who had absconded after the encounter on September 19, 2008. District and Sessions Judge Gurdeep Kumar will hear the matter on May 26.
Besides inspector M.C. Sharma of Delhi Police’s Special Cell, two IM suspects Atif Ameen and Mohd Sajid, who were holed up in the flat, were also killed in the shootout. Fourth accused Ariz Khan is still absconding.
On April 28, the police had filed the chargesheet against Shahzad, Ariz Khan (absconding), Atif Ameen and Mohd Sajid, accusing them of killing Inspector Sharma on September 19, 2008, six days after the serial blasts in the Capital.