Batla House encounter: Delhi Court convicts Ariz Khan for killing Inspector MC Sharma

New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Monday (March 8) convicted Ariz Khan, allegedly associated with terror outfit Indian Mujahideen, terrorist, in a case related to the 2008 Batla House encounter, noting that he intentionally caused the murder of encounter specialist and Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma.

Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav said the evidence produced by the prosecution duly proved the case beyond a reasonable doubt. The judge is quoted by PTI as saying it was “duly proved that Ariz Khan and his associates caused the murder of police official and fired gunshot on the police official.”

“Khan, along with his associates, voluntarily caused grievous hurt to public servants. The accused intentionally  and voluntarily caused the murder of Inspector MC Sharma by use of gunshot,” IANS quoted Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav as saying.

The judge said that Khan and his associates also caused hurt to Head Constables Balwant Singh and Rajbir Singh. He further added that the evidence produced on record leaves no matter of doubt that the prosecution has proved the case beyond all reasonable doubt and that the accused is liable to be convicted.

The court will hear arguments on the quantum of sentence on March 15 at 12 noon. It has also directed the investigating officer to conduct an enquiry to ascertain the financial ability of Khan and his family to give compensation to the victims. On September 19, 2008, the Special Cell of Delhi Police