Court lets off man in wife’s murder case
Jitin Dedhia, the Kalachowkie resident accused of plotting his wife’s murder in October 2009, was recently discharged for lack of evidence.mumbai Updated: Nov 26, 2010 02:31 IST
Jitin Dedhia, the Kalachowkie resident accused of plotting his wife’s murder in October 2009, was recently discharged for lack of evidence.
Two motorcycle-borne men had stabbed Beena to death when she and Jitin were taking their morning walk near their resident on October 27, 2009.
The police had alleged that Jitin, who ran a grocery store in Lalbaug, was having an affair with her sister-in-law, Rupal Chheda, and had hired contract killers to kill Beena because she had refused to grant him divorce. The crime branch had arrested Jitin, Rupal, Nazim Khan, Hasruddin Malik alias Azhar Khan and Rajnikant Wagh alias Chottu in the case.
The sessions court, which was hearing the case against Jitin and Rupal, discharged both of them. “Both [Jitin and Rupal] have been discharged,” said public prosecutor R Nimbalkar. Deven Bharti, additional commissioner of police (crime) said:
“We will file an appeal in the Bombay High Court shortly.”
Sources in the crime branch said the court discharged Jitin and Rupal observing that there was no case against them.
“This is a unique case where the court has discharged the accused although they had not filed a discharge application,” a crime branch officer said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The incident initially seemed like a robbery gone wrong. Beena and Jitin were taking a walk when two men on a motorcycle approached them. The pillion rider allegedly threatened them with a knife and demanded their ornaments. When Beena refused to part with her earrings, one of the men slashed her throat and the duo fled. Beena died on the way to hospital.
Jitin had told the police that he got hurt when he tried to snatch the knife from the robber. A motorcyclist saw the bleeding couple and informed the police control room.
The story took a sinister twist when the crime branch named Jitin and Rupal among the accused in the case.
The police had alleged that Jitin had sold his gold ring to pay the killers Rs 1 lakh for the job. The remaining accused will face trial.