Not being sad no proof of hand in murder: SC
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.