A Delhi court has convicted a woman and her paramour for murdering the woman’s husband in 2015. While passing the judgement, the judge remarked,
An illicit relationship is the biggest weapon of cheating that destroyed a family.
Adding further, Additional sessions judge Vinod Yadav said,
Illicit relationships are a perfect mix for disaster. Most times, it turns the family system into hell.
In the year 2015, the accused woman, identified as Shanti, and her brother-in-law (sister’s husband), Satender, were accused of killing the woman’s husband Dilip.
The court observed that both the accused were in an “illicit relationship” and said,
Deceased being found dead within the secured precincts of his house raises an irresistible inference that he was murdered by the accused persons in a pre-planned conspiracy.
When the postmortem results were out, they revealed the cause for Dilip’s death as asphyxiation. The cops had claimed that the woman had an affair with Satender, while he was cohabiting in the same home at the time of Dilip’s death.
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Later, the allegation by the police was also supported by the testimony of Dilip’s sister-in-law. She pointed out how she had seen the two accused in a “compromising position”. Once Shanti was arrested, the police confiscated certain household items and also got hold of a rat kill.
The woman’s counsel argued in the court that Dilip died after falling from the stairs – an after effect of being heavily drunk. While Satender argued that it was Dilip’s sister-in-law who had framed him in the case after he refused to partner with her in his business.
Talking about the items that were seized by the police, the duo said that the same had been planted on them.
The defense counsel said that vital witnesses were some of the family members themselves and thus the murder charge could not be proved against his client. Stating further he also said that there was not an iota of evidence or statement to prove an “illicit relationship” between the two accused persons.
The court emphasized on five circumstances, wherein, the nature of evidence was brought on record – most important one relating to the crime scene – to hold it was murder. The court remarked,
The onus was on the persons residing in the house, i.e., Shanti and co-accused Satender to give a cogent explanation with regard to the sudden, unnatural and untimely death of Dilip, which admittedly they have failed to do so.
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The court while dealing with the submissions also noted that the testimony of hostile witnesses couldn’t be rejected “en block” (all the same time) and the court had to look at evidence of the hostile witnesses to corroborate other evidence on record.
Relying on the testimony of Dilip’s sister-in-law, the court said that it couldn’t be just avoided merely because the defense did not agree with it. Concluding the matter, the court added,
If such a sole testimony is found by the court to be entirely reliable, there is no legal impediment to the conviction of the accused persons on such proof.
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