The Delhi High Court will on Monday pronounce its verdict on the appeal filed by former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma, sentenced to death by a trial court for killing his wife Naina Sahni and burning her body in a ‘tandoor’ (oven) 12 years ago.
A Division Bench comprising Justice RS Sodhi and Justice PK Bhasin posted the case for delivering the judgement on January 18 after completing the hearing of arguments of the prosecution and the defence.
According to the police, Sharma believed his wife was having an illicit relationship with another party worker. During a quarrel over the issue at their residence in Gol Market on July 2, 1995, he fired three shots from his licensed revolver, killing Sahni on the spot.
Sharma later allegedly cut her body into pieces, stuffed them into a gunny bag and brought it to the Bagiya restaurant owned by him at the Ashok Yatri Niwas (now named Shangrila). He then tried to burn body parts in the ‘tandoor’ with the help of restaurant manager Keshav. The prosecution says a police constable who came to the scene on noticing smoke billowing out of the restaurant saw body parts of a woman burning in the tandoor. Holding that the murder committed by Sharma fell in the “rarest of rare” category, trial judge G.P. Thareja had on November 7, 2003, sentenced him to death.
Sharma’s counsel KK Sud argued his client had been held guilty “despite the fact that the prosecution had not been able to make an unbroken chain of circumstantial evidence”. He says the prosecution also failed to prove the motive for murder and that the trial judge had relied upon the “false” evidence planted by the police.
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