In a rare ruling, a local court on Thursday announced the sentence of seven years to three accused in an abetment to suicide case despite key witnesses turning hostile.
The court of district and sessions judge, Tejwinder Singh, sentenced the victim's sister in-law Anju Sharma and her husband Sukhwinder Kumar and mother-in-law Sheela Devi to seven-year imprisonment for instigating Janata Nagar resident Pramod Sharma to commit suicide by hanging himself in his room on December 12, 2012.
The case is a unique one as the key witnesses, the victim's brother Duni Chand and brother-in-law Ram Narain, had turned hostile in the case.
The victim, who had written three suicide notes, had blamed the three convicts for forcing him to commit suicide. A note written on his shirt was also produced by the police as a proof. The handwriting on all the suicide notes, including on the shirt, was found the same in the forensic tests.
The victim was married to Rani Sharma, a resident of Panchkula, a few months before the incident and had left her husband's house.
The victim had paid `50,000 to three accused to send his wife back to his home but the accused were demanding `50, 000 more for this. Under stress for this reason, the victim had committed suicide.