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India’s most wanted: Former TV producer faces murder charges

The high court’s decision came on a plea filed by Rukma Singh, mother of Anju, challenging the 2011 order of a trial court which had rejected her plea for trying Ilyasi under the penal provision of murder.

Ilyasi, also the editor-in-chief of Bureaucracy Today magazine, has been facing trial as an accused for last 13 years under section 304 B and 498 A. The Delhi High Court on 15 March, 2013, had ordered stay on trial court proceedings, after the submission of complainant Rukma Singh’s counsel.

Singh had told the court that it should stay the trial court proceeding till it decided the plea for graver charge of murdering against Ilyasi for Anju’s death.

Singh had said her son-in-law (Suhaib) was facing the charge of killing his wife for dowry under Section 304 of IPC, which attracts much lesser punishment. Singh relied upon the statement of Dr L C Gupta, who had conducted the post-mortem examination and contradicted his earlier findings after more than one-and-half years saying homicide could not be ruled out.

Gupta had earlier stated in his report to the police that Anju’s injuries were self-inflicted and suicidal in nature. Earlier, the trial court had rejected Singh’s plea to invoke additional murder charge against her son-in-law Ilyasi, saying no fresh evidence had emerged against him. Rukma Singh had moved high court against the trial court’s February 19, 2011, order rejecting her plea to invoke the additional murder charge against her son-in-law Ilyasi.

Police had chargesheeted Ilyasi on March 29, 2003, and the court later framed charges against him under sections 498A (subjecting a married woman to cruelty) and 304B (dowry death) of the IPC. Anju’s mother is also fighting for the custody of the minor daughter of the couple Aaliya.
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