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Red fort Attack 2000 Case: Supreme Court upholds death sentence of terrorist Ashfaq; dismisses review petition

New Delhi: On Thursday, The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq, convicted of attacking the Red Fort in the year 2000. The court rejected the review petition of Mohammad Arif.

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Thursday, The Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence of Mohammad Arif alias Ashfaq, convicted of attacking the Red Fort in the year 2000. The court rejected the review petition of Mohammad Arif.The terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba carried out a terrorist attack on the Red Fort on 22 December 2000.

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Three people, including two soldiers, were killed in that attack. In retaliation by the Indian Army, two terrorists who had infiltrated the Red Fort were also killed. On 31 October 2005, Arif was sentenced to death by the lower court in the Red Fort attack case. A bench comprising Chief Justice Uday Umesh Lalit and Justice Bela M Trivedi said, “We have accepted the prayers that electronic records must be placed in consideration. His guilt is proved. We affirm the view taken by this court and reject the review petition”.

Significantly, in 2013, the Supreme Court dismissed the review petition upholding the death sentence of Arif. After this, in 2014, the Supreme Court also dismissed Arif’s curative petition. After that, now once again the Supreme Court has also dismissed the review petition filed regarding the punishment of the guilty.

In 2015, the Supreme Court had given a historic decision on the petition of Yakub Memon and Arif that the review petition of the death row convicts should be heard in open court. Earlier, the judge used to hear the review petition in his chamber. According to experts, this was the first case in which the Supreme Court heard the review petition again after the review petition and curative petition of a convict sentenced to death were dismissed.

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