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Sessions court acquits man accused of murdering wife

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 28, 2013
First Published: 01:02 IST(28/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:04 IST(28/2/2013)

A seven-year-old girl, who is speech impaired, came to the rescue of her father who was charged for his wife’s murder.

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A sessions court on Wednesday acquitted the man after the girl told the court that her mother's alleged lover had killed her.

As per the prosecution case, Shiraj Shaikh had on December 18, 2010, killed his wife Shehnaz as he suspected that she was having an affair.  The case was investigated by the Tilak Nagar police, which subsequently arrested Shaikh.

The prosecution initially decided to call his daughter as witness, but dropped the idea during the trial. Later, Shaikh’s advocate Wahab Khan called the girl as a defence witnesses and examined her.  “The daughter told the court that her mother’s alleged lover killed her. Her statement was also supported by the other prosecution evidences,” Khan said.

Meanwhile, a sessions court acquitted two brothers in a case related to dowry death. The prosecution had alleged that accused Zuber, husband of deceased Navina, and his brother Firoz caused her (Navina’s) death.

However, the court acquitted them due to lack of evidence. 

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