SC confirms death sentence for Red Fort attacker



SC confirms death sentence for Red Fort attacker Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: The Supreme Court, Wednesday, upheld the death sentence awarded to Lashkar-e-Toiba militant Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq in the Dec 22, 2000 Red Fort shootout case.

Arif had challenged the Delhi High Court verdict upholding his death sentence by the trial court of Additional Session Judge OP Saini.

He was convicted for murder, waging war against the government of India and conspiracy.

Militants stormed the Red Fort Dec 22, 2000 and attacked an Army camp. Their indiscriminate firing resulted in the death of three army personnel.

Eleven accused including Arif were put to trial and the (trial) court by its Oct 24, 2005 order sentenced Arif to death and six others to varying sentences. It acquitted the other four.

Arif appealed in High Court against the trial court verdict. The High Court confirmed the death sentence awarded to him, but acquitted the other six Sep 13, 2007.