Additional Sessions Judge terms the convict a `pervert'

New Delhi: Terming a lawyer-convict as ``pervert'', a Delhi Court on Tuesday sentenced him to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment for subjecting his wife to cruelty and abetting her suicide over dowry demands seven years ago.

``It is a case where the deceased committed suicide and took the extreme step in presence of the convict. Instead of helping her and saving her, he chose to run away. He is, therefore, a very callous and perverted person,'' Additional Sessions Judge Narottam Kaushal said.

Awarding the maximum sentence under Section 306 (abetment of suicide) to Madal Lal who used to practice at Tis Hazari courts here, the Judge also imposed a fine of Rs 13,000 on him.

Relying on the deposition of his seven-year-old son Harsh, the court said that he saw his father locking the back gate of house and running away on the fateful day.

``He (Harsh), is therefore, a witness to the conduct of the accused shortly before and after the occurrence. He also establishes the presence of the accused on the spot,'' the Judge said.

Harsh also deposed that his father used to quarrel with the deceased and play cards and scold his mother in front of guests, the court noted, saying that this established the charge of cruelty against the accused.

On August 24, 1999, one Sanjeev lodged a complaint with Uttam Nagar police station in West Delhi that his sister, who was married to Madal Lal had been burnt to death by the accused a day before.

He also accused Lal of beating his sister shortly after the marriage for dowry demands. The accused who was arrested nine days after the incident remained in judicial custody since then. -- PTI