SC rejects husband’s plea for exemption from surrender
New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India has rejected a plea for exemption from surrender by a man from Jammu whose conviction along with his mother was upheld last year by the J&K high court for killing his wife in 1997 for not giving birth to any child.
“Criminal miscellaneous petition for exemption from surrendering is rejected in respect of petitioner 1 (Girdhari Lal),” said a single bench of justice A M Khanwilkar in chamber and granted five weeks’ time, as prayed by the counsel for mother-son duo, for filing proof of surrender.
As regards his mother, the counsel prayed for time to produce relevant medical record following which the court posted the matter next week.
While upholding the trial court’s verdict, a division bench of the high court on December 31 last year said that the prosecution had proved facts, which were sufficient to draw inference that the duo had been nourishing intention to do away with woman to pave way for the second marriage of Girdhari Lal for the reason that the woman had not given birth to any child.
“We would thus hold that prosecution has succeeded in proving that the accused committed murder of (woman) inside their house by strangulating her to death and in order to cause disappearance of evidence of murder and camouflage it as a case of suicide, set her body ablaze,” the division bench of the High court said and upheld the life-imprisonment awarded to them along with fine of Rs 5,000.
The incident pertained to October 1997.