New Delhi, Jan 19: The Supreme Court of India will hear in open court the review petition filed by Mohammad Arif who was sentenced to death for his role in the December 2000 Red Fort terror shootout case. Arif had filed a review against the death sentence awarded to him.
In the year 2014, the Supreme Court had stayed the execution of Mohamed Arif's death sentence on the grounds that he has already undergone life sentence of nearly 14 years. Arif's counsel had argued that carrying out the death sentence of Arif after he has already completed 13 years four month would be violative of the Constitution.
Arif was arrested on December 25, 2000. He was convicted by the trial court October 24, 2005, and awarded death sentence October 31, 2005.
His death sentence was confirmed by the Delhi High Court September 13, 2007. On August 10, 2011 his appeal had been dismissed by the Supreme Court. He however moved the court once again stating that he cannot be punished twice for the same crime. He had already served 13 years in jail and hence awarding him a death sentence would amount to double jeopardy, he had stated.