Evidence of the victim's daughter played a key role

The Delhi High Court has upheld the conviction and sentence of a woman and her paramour for entering into a criminal conspiracy and murdering the woman's husband for having a strained relationship.

The evidence of the daughter of the victim, Manoj, played a key role in the conviction of Guddu alias Sonia and Satpal.

Satpal was having an illicit relationship with Sonia. Satpal was staying as a paying guest at Sonia's residence in Uttam Nagar in West Delhi.

The two had murdered Manoj and immediately left the house. Sonia then went to one of her neighbours and sought his help saying that some goons had come to kill her husband. She further told him that she had locked the goons inside the house.

However, when Sonia along with the neighbour, Rakesh, reached the house and Sonia opened the door, they found Manoj lying dead on the floor and his clothes soaked in blood.

Instead of immediately lodging a complaint with the police, Sonia prevented Satpal from intimating the police. However, one of her neighbours informed the police about the incident.

She had later lodged a false report about the incident which was exposed when she recorded her statement before the trial court.

The case was based on circumstantial evidence which the prosecution was able to prove beyond all reasonable doubt.

The prosecution was also able to prove the motive for the murder on the basis of evidence by the victim's daughter. It was also proved that Sonia had been constantly pressurising her husband to transfer the house to her name but he had refused.

Upholding the conviction of the two by the trial court and dismissing appeals by the two convicts, a Division Bench of Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Manmohan Singh said: ``From these circumstances, an inference can easily be drawn that both Sonia and Satpal, with the same objective of removing him from their way as the deceased was an obstacle in their love life, committed the murder of Manoj.''

Victim was found lying dead on the floor and his clothes soaked in blood