A Sessions court here has sentenced a man to three years in jail for entering into an extra-marital relationship with his landlord’s wife.

Additional Sessions Judge T.R. Naval, however, acquitted 42-year-old Kamal and his wife of the charge of rape and abetting rape respectively and extortion. “It is further held that prosecution evidence on record has proved beyond reasonable suspicion and shadow of doubt that accused Kamal committed offence of adultery. Therefore, he is held guilty and convicted for the offence of adultery punishable under Section 497 IPC,” Mr. Naval said.

Kamal was a tenant at the house of the 25-year-old woman who had lodged a rape and extortion case against him and his wife in January 2010. The woman alleged that in November 2006 Kamal’s wife had given her a sedative-laced sweet following which she fell unconscious.

She claimed that when she woke up she realised she was raped but was threatened by Kamal that he would make public a video of hers. The woman alleged that Kamal then forcibly started having physical relations with her and she later became pregnant with his child. She also complained that after she became pregnant, the couple blackmailed her by demanding money and a portion of land in her possession. The woman said she then told her husband and they approached the police.

During the trial, Kamal argued that it was the woman who had asked him to establish physical relation with her as her husband was not able to produce a child. In her cross-examination, the woman admitted there was a 'written contract' between her and the two accused that she would give them a portion of her plot and Rs.1 lakh if she conceived.

Holding Kamal guilty of adultery, the court said: “Neither it was pleaded nor there is cross-examination of the woman's husband that he either gave his consent or he was in connivance with his wife for conceiving a child from Kamal. Thus, husband of the woman was totally unaware about the relationship between his wife and Kamal,” the judge said.