HC reserves verdict on Suhaib Ilyasi’s appeal against conviction in wife’s murder case

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court today reserved its verdict on former TV anchor and producer Suhaib Ilyasi’s appeal against his conviction and life imprisonment for killing his first wife, Anju, 18 years ago.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and Vinod Goel reserved judgement after arguments concluded in the matter today and asked all parties to file their written submissions within 10 days.

Ilyasi, who was taken into custody on December 16 last year after his conviction, has contended in his plea that after framing of additional charge under section 302 for the offence of murder, he was not given an opportunity to cross-examine all the witnesses.

The High Court, which had on April 26 granted interim bail to Ilyasi, refused to extend the relief on May 14.

He later moved the Supreme Court which also refused to grant him interim bail.

Ilyasi, in his appeal moved through advocate Rajiv Mohan, has claimed that the police had not collected any material for three months after the incident and there was no evidence to charge him for the offence of murder.

The police had claimed that he had misled the investigating agency, proving his involvement in the crime.

The trial court had on December 20, 2017 sentenced Ilyasi to life term for stabbing his wife to death, saying he “committed murder and gave it a colour of suicide”. (AGENCIES)