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Parliament attack convict released from Tihar Jail

By A Correspondent
December 30, 2010 09:48 IST
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Shaukat Hussain Guru, a convict in the Parliament attack case, was released from Tihar Jail in Delhi on Wednesday.

Incidentally, Shaukat is a cousin of Afzal Guru, who was sentenced to death in connection with the attack and is currently awaiting the President's decision on his clemency petition.

Six policemen and one Parliament employee were killed when five terrorists breached the stringent security arrangements around India's national legislature on December 13, 2001. 

Shaukat, along with Afzal and Professor S A R Geelani, a Kashmiri lecturer working in Delhi, was sentenced to death by a trial court on December 16, 2002.

The Delhi high court, while upholding the death sentence of Shaukat and Afzal, acquitted Geelani in October 2003, stating that the proof based on phone tapping was insufficient for his conviction.

In 2005, the Supreme Court overturned the death sentence of Shaukat and dismissed 12 of the charges slapped on him, reducing his jail term to ten years. The apex court upheld the death sentence on Afzal and the acquittal of Geelani.

Another petition filed by Shaukat in August 2007, for reversing his conviction, was admitted by the Supreme Court but later rejected.

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