Abdul Latif Adam Momin alias Abdul Rehman, one of the convicts in the 1999 IC 814 hijacking case, has challenged the life term awarded to him by the Punjab and Haryana High Court in the Supreme Court.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose and comprising Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman agreed to hear the appeal in July.
HERE'S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Three persons involved in the hijack of the Indian Airlines aircraft to Kandahar in Afghanistan in December 1999 were convicted and sentenced to life on charges including murder and conspiracy on February, 2008.
- Abdul Latif Adam Momin alias Abdul Rehman alias Patel, Yusuf Nepali and Dalip Bhujail were awarded life sentence by a special court. They were charged under provisions of anti-hijacking law of the Indian Penal Code. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had demanded the capital punishment for Latif.
- The ill-fated IC-814 was hijacked on December 24, 1999, when it was on its way to Delhi from Kathmandu. The three were accused of helping the hijackers by arranging their stay, passport, tickets and with arms and ammunition.
- During a week of suspense, five hijackers Ibrahim Athar (brother of Jaish-e-Mohammed Chief Masood Azhar), Sunny Ahmed Qazi, S A Sayed alias Doctor, Z I Mistri alias Bhola and R G Verma alias Shakir - who commandeered the aircraft to Kandahar, negotiated with Indian officials and successfully got Azhar and two other dreaded terrorists released from jails in India in exchange for releasing the passengers.
- The defence counsel contended that the three have been made a scapegoat. While Nepali allegedly handed over passport and tickets to the hijackers, the CBI alleged that Bhujbal had provided them with arms and ammunition.
- The CBI had charged 10 people, out of which seven, including the five hijackers, who are believed to be in Pakistan.
- The IC-814 Airbus A300 flight, with 189 passengers, including the crew, was hijacked by five men after it took off from the Tribhuvan Nath International Airport in Kathmandu on December 24, 1999 for New Delhi.
- Rupen Katyal, 25, who was returning from his honeymoon in Kathmandu, was killed in the hijacking while others were released after a seven-day ordeal at Kandahar.
(With PTI inputs)