A retired railway employee on Wednesday allegedly shot dead his wife in district court premises in Bhatinda.
Mewa Singh (49) and her wife Malkit Kaur (48) had come to the court for a hearing, as Kaur, who was living separately, had filed a case seeking maintenance from her husband, police said.
Singh has taken voluntary retirement and was allegedly having an "illicit" relation with a woman.
On Wednesday, the court asked Singh to settle the matter with his wife and fixed the matter for December 15.
When Singh approached his wife for settlement, she did not agree and a heated argument followed.
In a fit of rage, Singh fired 4 rounds at Kaur and also shot at his nephew and mother when they tried to intervene.
Later, he also tried to shoot self but was overpowered by people, police said.
Police have registered a case against the accused and arrested him.
Both have a daughter, who is married and settled abroad.