A matter relating to the 2008 Batla House encounter will be decided by the Delhi Court on Monday. According to sources, the court will rule on Ariz Khan’s lawsuit, which was filed in February 2018. After a decade on the run, Khan was apprehended by the Special Cell of the Delhi Police. Ariz Khan was present during the Batla encounter, according to Delhi Police, but managed to flee. Sandeep Yadav, an additional session judge at Saket Court, is expected to rule on Monday.
The judge had given a production warrant against Ariz Khan alias Junaid for his involvement during the passage of judgement on the last date of hearing. During the courtroom, AT Ansari, an additional public prosecutor, represented the Delhi Police, and MS Khan, an attorney, represented the accused Ariz Khan. Ariz is connected to the Indian Mujahideen, a terrorist organisation.
Police had previously alleged that Ariz Khan, along with four others, was present at Batla House and had managed to elude them during the encounter on September 19, 2008, in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar, in which two Indian Mujahideen terrorists were killed and a large number of others were arrested.
Atif Ameen and Mohammad Sajid, two alleged terrorists, were killed, while Mohammad Saif and Zeeshan, two other suspects, were arrested earlier. The incident occurred a week after five serial blasts in Delhi on September 13, 2008, which killed at least 30 people and wounded over 100 others.
During the Batla House encounter in 2008, Special Cell Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was killed. Shahzad Ahmed, an Indian Mujahideen militant, was sentenced to life in prison in connection with the Batla House encounter case by a trial court in July 2013. His appeal to the Supreme Court against the trial court’s decision is still pending.