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HC acquits mentally ill woman after 10 yrs

The Calcutta High Court has acquitted a mentally imbalanced woman after she served 10 years in jail.

kolkata Updated: Jan 05, 2006 15:20 IST

The Calcutta High Court has acquitted a mentally imbalanced woman after she served 10 years in jail for allegedly murdering her husband.

Kamala Bhuniyan, 70 years old, was acquitted on Wednesday by a division bench comprising Justice Alok Kumar Basu and Justice PK Deb, which observed that the police had failed to bring to the notice of the sessions court the mental state of the accused.

The bench also noticed that no motive had been established by the prosecution for Kamala to murder her husband.

Kamala was accused of bludgeoning her husband Nitai Bhuniyan with an axe on September 23, 1986, at Pratappur village in East Midnapore district and the main witness was an official of the village panchayat who said he saw the body of Nitai lying on the ground and his wife standing with an axe in her hand in front of the body.

She was arrested following the murder and was released on bail three months later.

She was found guilty by the sessions court at Tamluk and in November 1995 the court convicted her and sentenced her to life imprisonment, following which she was taken into custody to serve the sentence.

Kamala moved the High Court in 1996 against the order.

Her advocate Sekhar Basu submitted before the division bench that the police, despite being aware of her mental illness, did not bring the same to the notice of the sessions court.

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 13:23 IST