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The Delhi High court has upheld a trial court’s order acquitting a man accused of torture and dowry harassment of his daughter-in-law, who later committed suicide at her parents’ house.

The division bench of Justice S. Ravindra Bhat and Justice G.P. Mittal said: “We are satisfied that the trial court’s findings as well as conclusions were well founded and well reasoned.”

The high court said this earlier in the month while hearing a petition filed by the prosecution against Kiran Chand’s acquittal by the lower court Aug 12, 2010.

According to the prosecution, Munni married Chandra Kant Nov 22, 2002. She committed suicide Sep 11, 2003 by hanging herself at her parents’ house in Mangolpuri in north Delhi. She left behind a suicide note blaming her husband and many of his relatives.

Rejecting the contents of the suicide note, the trial court said that the allegations of cruelty and violence were not believable so far as Kiran Chand was concerned.

“The suicide note in this case significantly speaks about the role of other two accused, Chandra Kant and his mother Kanta, who were proclaimed offenders,” the trial court said, while acquitting Munni’s father-in-law.

Focusing on the suicide note, the high court bench said: “According to the suicide note, no specific role is attributed to the father-in-law of the deceased.”

“No interference is called for. We do not find any error or infirmity in the impugned judgment. The state is, therefore, not entitled to a leave to file an appeal. The petition is meritless and has to fail,” said the bench.


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