Red Fort attack: Court discharges LeT militant

Last Updated: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 22:25

New Delhi: An alleged LeT militant, who was
sent up for trial separately for allegedly being involved in
the 2000 Red Fort attack, has been discharged by a Delhi court
for want of evidence linking him to the terror attack.

Additional Sessions Judge Pawan Jain discharged alleged
LeT militant Athruddin alias Athar Ali, holding that there was
no evidence to connect him with the offence.

Ali, who is already serving life imprisonment in Lucknow
under the provisions of repealed Prevention of Terrorist Act
in another case, had been sent up for trial separately by the
Delhi Police as he had absconded and had fled to Jeddah.

His trial had been sought also on charges of being a key
accomplice to Mohammed Arif, alias Ashfaq, who had been
awarded death sentence by a trial court in November 2005 for
his role in the Red Fort attack case.

For want of linking evidence, ASJ Jain, absolved Ali of
the charges of involvement in the 2000 Red Fort attack case at
the stage of framing of charges itself.

The court held there was nothing against Athruddin except
a disclosure statement to the police which is not admissible
as evidence.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police had alleged Athruddin was
a member of LeT and had remained in touch with Arif.

Athruddin had been accused by the police of waging war
against the country, besides committing offences of murder,
attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy under the Indian Penal
Code.

Athruddin was nabbed in 2001 after his name surfaced in
terror activities. The police had brought Athruddin to Delhi
in 2001 but he fled to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and was declared
a proclaimed offender.

The agency said Arif had disclosed that Athruddin had met
two district commanders of Laskar-e-Toiba and had also
attacked a police party in Srinagar.

In 2004, he came back to India and was planning to set up
terror base in different parts of the country when he was
nabbed by the Lucknow police and was sentenced to life
imprisonment by a designated court in 2009.

After his arrest by the Lucknow police, the Delhi police
too had put him on trial separately for his alleged role in
the Red Fort attack case.

The December 22, 2000 Red Fort attack had seen LeT
militants sneaking into the 17th century monument and opening
indiscriminate fire on the guards of seventh battalion of
Rajputana Rifles, killing three persons, including a civilian.

Arif was the prime accused in the case and awarded capital
punishment on October31, 2005.

His death sentence was subsequently confirmed by the Delhi
High Court in September 2007 and by the Supreme Court in
August 2011.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 22:25

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