Digvijay Singh sticks to his stand, says Batla House encounter fake

Indore, July 25 (ANI): As the Delhi Court pronounced its verdict on the five-year old Batla House encounter case, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh today said that he has not changed his stance on the Batla House encounter being fake.

"I had requested for a judicial inquiry but my appeal was not accepted and the order was given. Now it is the wish of the aggrieved party whether they go further or not. I stick to my stand that it was a fake encounter according to the details given to me," he said.

Meanwhile, the BJP has demanded an apology from Digvijay Singh for demoralizing security forces and raising doubts on the martyrdom of M.C Sharma.

BJP chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said: " What an irony that this Government of India on the one hand was giving him Ashok Chakra on 26th of January to his widow and Ministers in this government, including the General Secretary of the Congress Party, were openly questioning the veracity of this whole terrorist attack-regretful, unfortunate."

Lashing at BJP's demand for an apology, Digvijay Singh said that he doesn't have to apologize to anyone; and ' won't apologize to BJP in this life'.

Earlier, Digvijay Singh had described the encounter as fake, but his party later distanced itself from his remarks.

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, who was then the country's Home Minister, asserted that the encounter was genuine.

"I spent a lot of time pouring over the papers and talking to officers involved. And I was satisfied that it was a genuine encounter. Unfortunately, we have lost a brave police officer. It was also unfortunate that some of the suspects have escaped. I am told that the lone captured terrorist was held guilty. I am glad that the police have been able to prove their case," Chidambaram told reporters in New Delhi.

A Delhi court today convicted lone suspected IM operative Shahzad Ahmad for murder and other offences in the 2008 Batla House encounter case.

Shahzad was held guilty for murdering police inspector M C Sharma and assaulting other police officers.

Acting on a tip-off on some terrorists involved in the blasts, the police team led by Inspector Sharma went to Batla House on September 19. Sharma was killed during the incident. (ANI)

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