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Suhaib Ilyasi gets life term for stabbing wife to death 17 years ago

SNS | New Delhi |

A Delhi court on Wednesday sentenced former TV producer Suhaib Ilyasi to life imprisonment for stabbing his wife to death in 2000. Ilyasi was declared guilty on the charge of murder on Saturday by the same court.

Additional Sessions Judge S K Malhotra also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on Ilyasi, for. The court also directed that Rs. 10 lakh would be paid as compensation to the parents of victim Anju.

On Saturday, the court had convicted Ilyasi of murdering his wife.

Earlier, Ilyasi was only charged with milder sections including 304 B (dowry death) of the IPC. However, Anju’s family moved the Delhi High Court, which in 2014 ruled that Ilyasi would be tried for murder.

The high court’s order had come on a plea filed by Rukma Singh, Anju’s mother, challenging the February 19, 2011 order of a trial court which had rejected her plea for trying Ilyasi under the penal provision of murder.

Rukma Singh said her son-in-law was facing the charge of killing his wife for dowry under section 304 of IPC, which attracts much lesser punishment.

Anju died January 11, 2000 at her Mayur Vihar house. Ilyasi was arrested March 28, 2000 and charges were later framed against him in the case after his sisters-in-law and mother-in-law alleged that he used to torture his wife for dowry.

The trial court had framed charges against him relating to dowry death and subjecting a woman to cruelty (section 304 (b) and section 498 (a). After the high court order, it charged Ilyasi with murder.

Ilyasi had shot into the limelight after hosting the reality TV show “India’s Most Wanted”.

(With agency inputs)