The Delhi High Court has acquitted a man of the charge of murdering his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter. The prosecution had charged the accused with killing his daughter as he felt that she was coming in his way to remarry.

A Division Bench of Justice Kailash Gambhir and Justice Indermeet Kaur acquitted Trilochan Verma, saying that the prosecution had failed to produce corroborative evidence to the last seen evidence to prove his guilt.

The trial court had sentenced Verma to life imprisonment on the basis of the evidence that he was last seen with his daughter approximate to the time the toddler was thrown into a drain allegedly by him in Burari in North Delhi in 1996.

However, the Bench overturned it as the prosecution failed to prove the motive as well as produce any corroborative evidence. The Bench also noted that none of the prosecution witnesses deposed that the accused had been hostile towards his daughter after the death of his wife one-and-a-half-years ago before the incident.

According to the prosecution, the accused had taken out his daughter from the house to buy her toffees around 9 p.m. on the day of the incident and thereafter the girl had gone missing. The police had later recovered the body from the drain.

“Taking the overall view of the facts and circumstances of the case, we do not find ourselves in agreement with the reasoning of the trial court holding the appellant guilty of committing murder of his own daughter merely based on the last seen together evidence. The order of conviction and order dated November 30, 1998, is hereby set aside,” the Bench said.

“Prosecution failed to prove motive , produce evidence”