A Delhi court has dismissed the murder charges against Suhaib Ilyasi, the famous host of the TV show India's Most Wanted and currently editor-in-chief of the magazine Bureaucracy Today. His wife Anju had been found in dead in their home in 2000.
Anju's mother Rukma Singh, through her counsel Satinder Sharma, had filed an application seeking Suhaib's trial in murder charges, besides the dowry death charge.
Additional sessions judge Sanjay Garg noted that the murder charges had already been dismissed by a court via the order on February 3, 2004.
Singh had stated that new facts have emerged from her statements made by her and Anju's sisters before the court.
The application had claimed that the statements brought to light fresh evidence against Suhaib — an argument Singh failed to establish in court. She alleged that Suhaib had tampered with evidence and converted a murder case into a dowry death case.
Senior Advocate Ramesh Gupta, Suhaib's counsel, said that Anju's mother has levelled frivolous allegations, and that no new evidence has come on record.
“My in-laws are fabricating a false case against me. It is being done to get the custody of my daughter" said Suhaib.
The judge rejected the applicant's plea stating that "There's no proof to support the allegation that he tampered with the evidence".
Suhaib was arrested on March 28, 2000 on charges of harassment for dowry (Section 498A) and dowry death (Section 304B) after Anju allegedly committed suicide at their East Delhi residence on January 10.
The charges were framed after his sister-in-law and mother-in-law alleged that he used to torture his wife for dowry.
After a failed attempt in 2004, Singh, in another application moved recently, had sought the framing of additional murder charges against Suhaib while basing her plea on medical opinion and certain circumstantial pieces of evidence.