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Ex-TV show host Suhaib Ilyasi given life term for murder of wife 17 years ago

Suhaib Ilyasi, who once hosted the popular television crime series ‘India’s Most Wanted’, has been sentenced to life in jail for the murder of his wife 17 years ago. The 51-year-old was held guilty of murder by a Delhi court on Saturday.

Anju Ilyasi, 30, was found in her east Delhi home on January 11, 2000, with multiple stab wounds. Suhaib Ilyasi had told the police that she had committed suicide. Three months later, he was arrested on charges of dowry harassment.

Anju’s mother and sister told a sub-divisional magistrate that she had been driven to suicide by Suhaib Ilyasi. Additional Sessions judge S.K.Malhotra also imposed a fine of ₹ 2 lakh on Ilyasi, who was convicted on December 16 for stabbing to death his wife.

The court also directed that ₹10 lakh would be paid as compensation to the parents of Anju. Earlier, Ilyasi was only charged with milder sections including 304 B (dowry death) of the IPC.

However, Anju’s mother Rukma Singh and sister Rashmi Singh moved the Delhi High Court which in August 2014 ruled that Ilyasi would be tried under Section 302 for the offence of murder.
Ilyasi, who had shot into limelight after hosting TV crime show — India’s Most Wanted, was arrested on March 28, 2000 and later charges were framed against him in the case after his sister-in-law and mother-in-law alleged that he used to torture his wife for dowry.

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