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SC Upholds Life Sentence of 10 Delhi Police Officials Accused of Killing 2 in Fake Encounter in 1997

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New Delhi: A Supreme Court bench comprising Justices H S Bedi and C K Prasad today upheld the conviction and life sentence of 10 officials, including an assistant police commissioner, of the Delhi Police for killing two businessmen in a fake encounter in 1997. The bench dismissed the appeal filed by the police officials who had knocked the door of the apex court against the verdict of the Delhi High Court.

The high court had on September 18, 2009, upheld the conviction and life sentence of the 10 policemen including ACP S S Rathi for the killing of two Haryana-based businessmen due to mistaken identity at Connaught Place in New Delhi.

The high court concurred with the trial court judgement of October 24, 2007 holding them guilty of murder.

The other nine convicts are Inspector Anil Kumar, Sub-Inspector Ashok Rana, Head Constables Shiv Kumar, Tejpal Singh and Mahavir Singh and Constables Sumer Singh, Subhash Chand, Sunil Kumar and Kothari Ram.

A Delhi Police Crime Branch team led by encounter specialist Rathi had on March 31, 1997 fired indiscriminately on a car after suspecting that the businessmen were Uttar Pradesh—based gangsters wanted by the police.

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