HC upholds death for Aftab Ansari
Calcutta High Court today upheld the death sentence of Aftab Ansari and Jamiluddin Nasir but commuted the capital punishment awarded to three others to seven years imprisonment in the case of January 2002 attack on the American Centre in Kolkata, reports Deepak Prahladka.kolkata Updated: Feb 05, 2010 17:33 IST
Calcutta High Court today upheld the death sentence of Aftab Ansari for his involvement in the American Center attack in which five policemen were killed and 14 seriously injured in 2002.
Capital punishment has also been upheld for Aftab’s accomplice Jamiruddin Nasir.
Musarat Hussain, Sakir Akhtar sentenced to five years for forgery. Hasrat Alam, Rehan Alam and Adil Hassan have been acquitted.
A division bench of Justice A K Banerjee and Kalidas Mukherjee, who had heard the appeals for 77 days, pronounced the verdict at 1 pm on Friday.
All the seven had been given death sentence by a special CBI court in April 2005. The court awarded death sentence under section 121 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for waging war against the state.
They were also given life imprisonment under section 302 (murder) and section 307 (attempt to murder) of IPC.
Aftab Ansari and Jamiruddin Nasir can appeal to the Supreme Court against the order in three months.
Musarat Hussain, Sakir Akhtar may be freed as they have already spent more than five years, their term of sentence, behind the bars already.
Concluding his argument on January 11, the state public prosecutor had sought confirmation of death sentence for Ansari, but maintained silence on the guilt and death penalty awarded to Hasrat, Rehan and Adil and left the matter with the Court.
During argument Ansari’s advocate Syed Shahid Imam had said: “There was no evidence to show that they waged war against the state or entered into any conspiracy. The city police had falsely implicated Ansari and three others to cover up the truth and their own inefficiency.”