Not be­ing sad no proof of hand in mur­der: SC

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Sport - AmitA­nand.Choud­hary

New Delhi: More than two decades af­ter be­ing sen­tenced to life for killing her hus­band, based on cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence in­clud­ing “hav­ing tea” with her rel­a­tives and not sit­ting by the body, the Supreme Court has ac­quit­ted a woman say­ing her guilt can­not be in­ferred just be­cause she was not found sad­dened by the death.

The court said the trial court and the Pun­jab and Haryana HC com­mit­ted an er­ror in award­ing life im­pris­on­ment to her by “heav­ily” re­ly­ing upon the state­ment of her sis­ter-in-law that the woman’s be­hav­iour was ‘very nor­mal’ even af­ter her hus­band’s body was found hang­ing from the roof. As the post­mortem con­cluded that it was not a case of sui­cide but mur­der, the trial court and HC found her guilty on the ba­sis of cir­cum­stan­tial ev­i­dence as she was in the house when the crime hap­pened.

The in­ci­dent took place in 1997 in Panchkula where the man’s body was found hang­ing in the store room, two days af­ter his mys­te­ri­ous dis­ap­pear­ance.

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