In a rare case - in which the Supreme Court's intervention led to the conviction of a man in the brutal murder of his wife - the deposition by a doctor was what confirmed the reason for death.
The medico said the woman was "strangulated to death." Initially, the accused was booked in a dowry death case, instead of on murder charges.
Earlier, the Delhi high court (HC) and a trial court had turned a blind eye to the scientific evidence in a supplementary chargesheet, which established that the woman had been murdered.
However, after the doctor's deposition, both courts disagreed (with the earlier conclusion), converting a dowry death case into a murder case.
In his deposition, Komal Singh of Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) Hospital said, "The findings ruled out the possibility of suicidal hanging and for me, it appeared to be a case of garroting - resulting in strangulation and ultimately death."
He told the court, "It appears to me to be a case of strangulation from the front."
According to the prosecution, Divya Saundal, 28, was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her matrimonial house in Hind Apartments, Dwarka Sector-5, in March 2007.
Divya had married Sumit Saundal in January 2005.
Sakuntala Dagar, mother of the deceased, alleged that her daughter was tortured to death. She alleged that her husband would beat her and had also threatened to kill her.
She claimed Sumit started demanding dowry six months after their marriage.
Karan Singh, counsel for Sakuntala said, "The doctor's statement has clearly established (that) it's a murder."
The counsel added, "The police have recovered fresh scientific evidence and statements of witnesses, which would establish that Divya was murdered in cold blood."
Singh, in a petition to the apex court, contended that the trial court and the High Court quashed the supplementary chargesheet, stating that it will cause prejudice to the accused.
Police had registered a dowry death case and filed a supplementary chargesheet, including section 302 (murder), along with section 304 (dowry death) of the Indian Penal Code.