16 yrs on, woman acquitted of husband’s murder charge

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2014 11:26 IST

Carrying the ignominy of killing her husband owing to a property dispute for 16 years, the additional district and sessions judge on Tuesday acquitted a Moga resident as the prosecution failed to prove charges against her.

Additional district and sessions judge AK Singal, acquitted Sukhwant Kaur, a mother of an 18-year-old boy, of her husband’s murder after the complainant and father of the victim turned hostile. Kaur’s ordeal began in 1998 when her husband, Gurpratap Singh, died on March 12, 1998. Following the death, her father-in-law Dr Kartar Singh, who had retired as civil surgeon from Patiala, lodged a police complaint alleging that his son was killed by his daughter-in-law.

Dr Singh had alleged that his Kaur in order to grab the property of her son had killed him by administering him small quantities of poison over a sustained period of time, which eventually led to his death.

He had also claimed that his son and daughter-in-law had a strained relationship and that Sukhwant Kaur had killed her husband to fulfil her dream of settling abroad after selling the property.

When the police did not register a case saying Gurpartap Singh had died a natural death and not due to poisoning, Dr Kartar Singh got the forensic tests done from the Central Forensic Science Laboratory.
The CFSL report had pointed to the presence of a chemical in the body of Gurpratap Singh, which if consumed with alcohol could prove fatal. Armed with this report, Dr Singh moved the court seeking prosecution of Sukhwant Kaur for murdering his son.

“The doctor’s report pointed out that Gurpratap had died a natural death on account of excessive drinking,” said defence counsel AS Chahal who claimed that Kaur was falsely implicated in the case owing to the property dispute.

Chahal added that, “The prosecution had failed to prove the allegations against Sukhwant Kaur who is presently staying in Moga with her son. Even Dr Kartar Singh during his statement in the court did not make the allegations against Kaur, which he had made in the complaint. He remained silent when questioned about the earlier allegations and claimed that he does not remember what he had alleged.”

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