SC to deliver verdict on Shaukat Hussain Guru's petition tomorrow

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New Delhi, May 13 (UNI) The Supreme Court will tomorrow pronounce its judgement on the petition of Shaukat Hussain Guru, serving ten years' imprisonment in the Parliament attack case, challenging his conviction and sentence.

A bench headed by Justice P P Naolekar had reserved the judgement after hearing the argument of the petitioner's senior counsel Shanti Bhusan and Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium on behalf of the state.

Shaukat challenged his conviction under Section 123 A of the IPC (withholding information of conspiracy from police) on the grounds that he was never charged with the offence for which he has been sentenced by the apex court and no one can be convicted without being given an opportunity to defend himself.

Shaukat Hussain was awarded the death penalty by the trial court which was confirmed by the Delhi High Court.

The apex court, however, commuted his death sentence to ten-year imprisonment after absolving him of the charge of 120 B IPC (criminal conspiracy).

At least nine security personnel were killed along with all the five terrorists involved in the attack on Parliament on December 13, 2001.

His appeal, review petition and curative petition have already been dismissed by the Supreme Court. Mohammad Afzal Guru is facing a death sentence in the case.

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