NEW DELHI — Delhi High Court has given one-day custody parole to Shahzad Ahmed, who is serving life imprisonment in the Batla House encounter case, to attend his sister’s wedding to be solemnised at Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh on February 9.
The order was issued by a bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Vinod Goel that Ahmed be taken in “proper police escort to attend the marriage of his sister on February 9, between 10.00 am to 2.00 pm, excluding the time that shall be taken for completing the journey from Delhi to Azamgarh and back”.
“In case of need, the in-charge of the escorting police party shall be entitled to keep the petitioner overnight in lock-up at the local police station, during the course of journey,” The bench was quoted as saying by the Indian Express as saying.
29-year-old Ahmed had moved the High Court to seek a week’s parole in order to attend his sister’s wedding which was scheduled from February 6 to 12.
But his plea was opposed by Additional Standing Counsel Rajesh Mahajan, who appeared in the court for the police.
Giving relief to Ahmed, the court took note that the convict was given custody parole by the trial court in January 2017 to attend the wedding ceremonies of his other sister in UP.
On July 30, 2013, Ahmed was awarded life imprisonment by a session court for his reported role in the September 19, 2008 encounter at the Batla House flat in Jamia Nagar which caused the death of Special Cell inspector M C Sharma.