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Murder trial for Ilyasi

Suhaib Ilyasi

New Delhi, Aug. 12: Delhi High Court today ordered framing of murder charges against Suhaib Ilyasi, who used to host TV crime show India’s Most Wanted, for the death of his wife Anju in 2000.

Ilyasi was being tried so far under relatively milder sections, including 304B (dowry death), of the IPC.

“The prima facie material collected by the prosecution justifies framing of the additional charge under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC. The revision petition is disposed of with a direction to the trial court to frame additional charges under Section 302 of the IPC,” a single judge bench of Justice Indermeet Kaur said.

The order came on two opposing petitions, one filed by Ilyasi and the other by his mother-in-law Rukma Singh. Rukma had sought inclusion of the murder charge against Ilyasi for the death of Anju on January 11, 2000, from stab wounds.

Ilyasi had challenged a police decision to form a fresh medical panel to ascertain the cause of his wife’s death. But the court rejected the contention.

Ilyasi was arrested on March 28, 2000, over two months after Anju’s death. His in-laws alleged he used to torture his wife for dowry.