15 January, 2021

Hanging Fire

It's capital punishment for 'the' capital crime. But the appeal will rest on holes in the case. More Coverage

Hanging Fire
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A year after the terrorist attack on Parliament, special judge S.N. Dhingra handed out death sentences to three of the four accused under the controversial POTA. Suspended lecturer S.A.R. Geelani, former Delhi University student Shaukat Hussain Guru and surrendered militant Mohammed Afzal were sentenced after a trial which concluded in a record five months. Shaukat's wife Afsan was sentenced to five years rigorous imprisonment for conspiring with the convicted and concealing information.

Pronouncing his judgement on December 18, Dhingra described the Parliament attack as a "rarest of rare case" and imposed the death sentence under POTA and Section 302 of the ipc. Dhingra noted that the accused "were inspired by Osama bin Laden and Masood Azhar", the Jaish-e-Mohammad chief. While defence lawyers are confident they will get a more lenient hearing in appeal, the prosecution feels it has provided evidence enough to nail the accused.

That the police investigation into the December 13 attack was cause for concern was voiced by none less than public prosecutor D.P. Aggarwal....
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