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Court may reserve judgment in Red Fort case on Friday

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NEW DELHI : The Delhi High Court has almost completed hearing of appeals by the Delhi police and the accused in the Red Fort attack case of 2000 here and is likely to reserve judgment next Friday.

The police have sought enhancement of punishment from life imprisonment to death sentence for Nazir Ahmed Quasid and his son Farooq Ahmed Quasid and from seven years to life term for the three other accused, while Pakistan national and terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba member Mohammed Arif alias Asfaq, who was sentenced to death by the trial court, has sought acquittal.

Three Army personnel were killed in the attack on December 2, 2000. In the appeal, the prosecution submitted that the trial court had erred in awarding life imprisonment to Nazir Ahmed Quasid and Farooq Ahmed Quasid as they also deserved death sentence awarded to Mohammed Arif alias Asfaq in the case. The prosecution argued that the three accused-- Asfaq, Nazir Ahmed and Farooq Ahmed -- could not be awarded different quantums of sentence as they were tried for a similar offence -- waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the Government of India under Section 121 of the Indian Penal Code.

In a revision petition, it argued that the trial court was wrong in striking down the charge of criminal conspiracy against Rehmana Yusuf Farooqui, alleged wife of Asfaq, Babar Mohsin and Sadaquat Ali and sentencing each to seven years' imprisonment under Sections 118 (concealing design to commit offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) and 216 (harbouring an offender who has escaped from custody or whose apprehension has been ordered) of IPC.

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