New Delhi, Apr 22: A Delhi Court on Thursday, Apr 22, awarded death sentences to three out of six Jammu Kashmir Islamic Front (JKIF) terrorists in connection with the 1996 Lajpat Nagar blast case.
"Three convicts (Mohd Naushad, Mohd Ali Bhatt and Mirza Nissar Hussain) are being awarded the death penalty, which is subject to confirmation from the High Court," District and Sessions Judge SP Gargh said.
Pronouncing the verdict against the accussed, the court said that the trio had been given the extreme punishment because of gravity of their offence.
The court along with the three convicts, sentenced accused Javed Ahmed Khan, who was held guilty of serious offences of murder, conspiracy and attempt to murder under the IPC, to rigorous life imprisonment.
Convict Farooq Ahmed Khan and Farida Dar were allowed to walk free as they were found guilty under milder penal provisions. The court said that the imprisonment served by the duo during the trial was their punishment.
On Apr 8, the court had convicted under milder penal provisions in connection with the case. The court had slammed the police for 'highly defective' probe and callous attitude.
The six members of the JKIF who had convicted in connection with the case include Naushad, Bhatt, Hussain, Khan, Farooq Ahmed Khan and woman associate Farida Dar.