Delhi HC acquits ex-TV anchor Suhaib Ilyasi in wife’s murder case

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court Friday acquitted Former TV anchor and producer Suhaib Ilyasi in his wife’s murder case. He was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi trial court in December last year.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel allowed the appeal of Ilyasi challenging his conviction and life imprisonment for killing his wife, Anju, 18 years ago.”The appeal is allowed,” the bench said. It had also imposed a fine of Rs two lakh on him and directed that Rs 10 lakh be paid as compensation to Anju’s parents.

The 52-year-old was jailed on December 16 last year after he was convicted by a trial court of charges of stabbing his wife Anju to death. The court said he had “committed murder and given it a colour of suicide”.  Ilyasi had claimed that the police had not collected any material for three months after the incident and there was no evidence to charge him for the offence of murder.

Earlier, Ilyasi was charged with milder provisions, including Section 304B (dowry death) of the IPC. Ilyasi, who shot into limelight after hosting TV crime show India’s Most Wanted.

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