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Parliament attack: Guilty seeks sentence reduction

Five Pakistani militants had attacked the parliament on December 13, 2001 and were killed by security personnel.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2006 19:44 IST

Shaukat Hussain, sentenced to 10-year imprisonment in the parliament attack case on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court urging reduction of sentence.

Five Pakistani militants had attacked the parliament on December 13, 2001 and were killed by security personnel. In the shootout, nine security personnel were also killed and 16 were injured.

A trial Court on December 18, 2002 had awarded death penalty to Mohammad Afzal, Hussain, and Delhi University lecturer SAR Geelani while sentencing Navjot Sandhu alias Afsan Guru to five years' imprisonment on charges ranging from conspiring the attack to concealing knowledge of the conspiracy.

The Delhi High Court on October 29, 2003 upheld the death penalty to Afzal and Hussain but acquitted both Geelani and Guru.

The apex court in August 2005 upheld the death sentence imposed on Afzal, the acquittal of Geelani and Afsan Guru and modified the sentence of life imprisonment to 10 years' imprisonment for Hussain. Thereafter review petitions were also dismissed.

A five-Judge constitution bench will hear Hussain's petition.