'India's Most Wanted' anchor gets life imprisonment for wife's murder

'India's Most Wanted' anchor gets life imprisonment for wife's murder

Mumbai: Suhaib Ilyasi, a popular TV show host, has been sentenced life imprisonment on Wednesday for killing his wife Anju. He was brought from Tihar Jail where he was sent after his conviction on December 16. The defence counsel sought leniency saying that Ilyasi had never violated his bail conditions or indulged in any other illegal activity. Anju's murder case is 17 years old, and is only now receiving something close to justice, as it has already been under the media scrutiny for very long and because Suhaib's contradictory stories. The court said he might do so after informing the police of his plans two days in advance.

Anju was found dead with multiple stab wounds in her east Delhi home on January 11, 2000. At the time, Ilyasi had told the police that she had committed suicide.

Years later, Anju's mother pressed her demand that Ilyasi be tried for murder but the trial court had then rejected the demand. But, Ilyasi had the last laugh as Bombay High Court permitted him to do a similar show for Doordarshan. He had approached the Supreme Court challenging the HC ruling but the Apex court dismissed his plea.

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Additional sessions judge Sanjeev Kumar Malhotra found him guilty under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC and pronounced him life sentence.

According to the theory given by Ilyasi, he had an altercation with his wife Anju on the day of the incident following which she took out a revolver and threatened to kill herself. However there were blood spots at different places inside the house, which Ilyasi stated was "menstrual blood" but the forensic report contradicted this."The accused had given a statement to an officer as being a complainant, that the blood did not come out of the wound and instead a white liquid was seen".

The court ruled out that the case was in the realm of the rarest of the rare category warranting death penalty to the host of famous show "India's Most Wanted" and said ends of justice would be met if the convict is sentenced to life term. The court made the observation in its 125- page judgment, noting that Ilyasi possessed two passports, used fake degree for job and had committed credit card fraud.

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