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NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has upheld the conviction of a man for killing his sister-in-law on the basis of recovery of the body at his instance and call details which revealed that he used to visit her and was in frequent touch with her despite stern warning from her father.
The victim was a first year student of Mata Sundari College. She had gone to college in the morning on the day of the incident but did not return home. Initially, her father lodged a missing report with the Indraprastha Estate police but it was later converted into a kidnapping case.
The father had also given the mobile number of the convict to the police and told them that he used to frequently call his daughter on the landline number and visit her in his absence despite his warning. The convict had called her thrice on the day of the incident.
The police solved the case after studying the call details of the convict. Though he tried to mislead the investigating officer by saying that the calls were made by his wife's mother to the mother of the victim who were sisters but the police called his bluff.
The body was recovered at his instance from a drain in Nangloi. It was stuffed inside a gunny bag. There was also another accused in the case but he was acquitted by the trial court. The trial court had sentenced Harvinder Singh to life imprisonment.
A Division Bench comprising Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Veena Birbal said: “Recovery of a body lying concealed is a piece of highly incriminating evidence against the accused and it incriminates the appellant at whose instance the recovery has been effected. Learned ASJ has also noted that that appellant used to visit the house of deceased in the absence of complainant and he had warned the accused against the same. The cumulative effect proves the guilt of the appellant.”
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