The trial in the sensational Batla House encounter case is set to begin as a Delhi court Wednesday sent the matter to a Sessions Judge for hearing arguments on charge and subsequent proceedings against Shahzad, an alleged member of Indian Mujahideen (IM).
"The matter is marked to the court of Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) A K Kuhar for conducting trial," District and Sessions Judge Gurdeep Kumar said.
ASJ Kuhar, on receiving the judicial file from his superior court, has fixed the date to June 4 for further proceedings and hearing arguments on framing of charges against Shahzad, the only accused who was arrested in the encounter where Delhi Police Inspector M C Sharma was killed.
Earlier, a magistrate had provided a copy of the chargesheet and other documents to Shahzad who had absconded after the encounter in Batla House in Jamia Nagar area, South Delhi on September 19, 2008.
Besides Sharma, two IM suspects Atif Ameen and Mohd Sajid, who were holed up in a flat in the area, were also killed in the gun battle.
Fourth accused Ariz Khan is absconding.
The case is registered with Jamia Nagar police station.
Police had on April 28 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 New Delhi.
A team of anti-terror cell of Delhi Police raided a flat in Batla House following a tip-off that suspected IM terrorists, allegedly involved in the serial blasts, were hiding there.