Suhaib Ilyasi who host the popular 90s television serial ‘India’s Most Wanted’ was sentenced to life imprisonment on Wednesday for murdering his wife Anju Ilyasi 17 years ago.
Judge SK Malhotra said Ilyasi, who produced and hosted the TV series ‘India’s Most Wanted’, had betrayed the faith of not only his wife (by killing her) but also “of the public at large” as his image in the eyes of the public was that of a law abiding citizen, according to news agency Press Trust of India.
But Ilyasi “committed her murder and gave it a colour of suicide”, the judge said.
Ilyasi, who was in the court as the judge pronounced the verdict, shouted that he was not guilty and the life sentence was an “injustice”.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on Ilyasi and ordered that Rs 10 lakh compensation be paid to Anju’s parents.
Anju’s mother Rukma Singh, who was also present in the courtroom, welcomed the judgement. “The verdict has finally come after 17 long years. I am satisfied with the court order,” she said.
Ilyasi’s wife, Anju Ilyasi, 30, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in her east Delhi home on January 11, 2000. At the time, Ilyasi had told the police that she had committed suicide, but he was arrested in March that year after a case of dowry was registered against him.