Batla House encouter case : Court drops charges against Caretaker

By Staff Reporter

New Delhi : A court here on Tuesday discharged the caretaker of the Batla House flat where two suspected militants were killed in an encounter in 2008.

Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Tripathi discharged Abdul Rehman who is the caretaker of the building and is accused of harbouring tenants alleged to be engaged in terrorist activities.

Defence Counsel M. S. Khan said the police have failed to produce the original lease deed, the crucial piece of evidence, which was allegedly forged by Rehman.

On September 19, 2008, an encounter took place in a flat in Batla House, in which two suspected terrorists, allegedly involved in the serial blasts, were killed. Another suspect Mohd. Saif was caught by the police.

Abdul Rehman’s son Zia-ur Rehman and Shaquib Nissar, Shakeel were arrested on next day of encounter.

While talking to, Abdul Rehman said, “It’s a matter of honor and pride that justice prevailed. Believing in judiciary and constitution doesn’t go wasted.”

[with inputs from IANS]