A 30-year-old resident of Garhshankar, Sandip Kumar, who brutally murdered his wife two years ago to marry her younger sister, was sentenced to life imprisonment and fined Rs 50,000 by the court of Hoshiarpur additional sessions judge JS Bhinder on Wednesday. His 24-year-old paramour was also given the same sentence for plotting the murder.
The convict had taken his wife Maya to a secluded place, on the pretext of visiting a religious place, on the Anandpur Sahib Road, on August 1, 2010, and murdered her with a sharp-edged weapon.
After that he carried the body in his Tata Sumo to several places before taking it to the civil hospital, after inflicted minor injuries on himself and concocted a story that some unidentified persons had killed his wife after rendering him unconscious with a sedative. The police, however, were not convinced and he finally confessed to have killed her wife to be able to marry her sister Harpreet Kaur, with whom he had developed an affair.
During investigations, the police an audio CD of a conversation between the two accused, which Sandip had recorded with some malafide intentions, to prove that the vicitm Maya was killed by him and that her sister was involved in the crime.
The judge said that the convicts deserved capital punishment as the case fell in 'the rarest of rare' category. However, keeping in view their relatively young age, he was only pronouncing a life term.
"As per the Hindu Marriage Act, marriage is a sacred vow, but the man betrayed his wife's trust," the judge said.
However, making a reference to a recent Supreme Court verdict in case of life conviction in which it stated that there is no law that life imprisonment convict has to be released after completion of 20 years of sentence, the judge decreed in his judgement that the sentence pronounced by him on Wednesday would be governed by this precedent.