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HC upholds death penalty to Ashfaq

The Delhi High Court acquits six others sentenced to varying jail terms in the 7-yr-old shootout case. Read on...

india Updated: Sep 13, 2007 17:21 IST


The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld the death penalty awarded to Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Mohd Ashfaq in the seven-year-old Red Fort attack case but acquitted six others sentenced to varying jail terms.

A Division Bench of Justice RS Sodhi and Justice PK Bhasin dismissed Ashfaq's appeal against a trial court verdict awarding capital punishment to him for waging a war against the state and killing three persons, including two Army jawans, in the Red Fort on the night of December 22, 2000.

Prosecution has proved its case with sufficient evidence against Ashfaq for his involvement in the attack, the Bench said, adding, so far other accused are concerned, the prosecution failed to complete the chain of events.

The trial court's conviction order, based on confessions of the accused, was reversed by the court since the statements were given to the police, which are not admissible as evidence.

"We uphold the conviction and death sentence to Ashfaq and the remaining six convicts are acquitted," the Bench said.

First Published: Sep 13, 2007 11:27 IST

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