Mumbai: Observing that prosecution had failed to prove the offence against the convict, the Bombay High Court has set aside the life imprisonment imposed by a lower court on a 45-year-old man for killing his wife by setting her on fire.
The court found discrepancies in the statements given by the victim’s relatives and variance in dying declarations given by the deceased. It did not believe the version of the victim’s child, who initially claimed to have witnessed the incident, but later said he was tutored by uncle to say so.
Hearing an appeal filed by the convict Sunil Donde, Justices P V Hardas and P N Deshmukh recently acquitted the appellant of the offences with which he was charged and convicted.

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