Mumbai : The Bombay High Court the other day upheld the conviction and life sentence of a man, accused of murdering his wife for allegedly developing extra-marital affair.

A division bench, headed by Justice Vijaya Tahiramani, was hearing an appeal filed by Raju Vankhande, challenging his conviction and life term.

According to the prosecution, at the time of the incident, the accused, husband of deceased Savitrabai, was residing in Pujari Colony, Ramnagar, Phaltan, with his wife and their son Vinod.

Since the appellant had sustained a major injury in an accident, he was unable to walk without the help of crutches. Vinod and the deceased were thus earning a livelihood by doing labour work and selling vegetables respectively. Two daughters of the accused were married and one of them, Meena, was residing at Chiplun, while the other daughter Sunita was residing at Sastewadi, Phaltan.

It is the case of the prosecution that deceased Savitrabai had indulged in an illicit relationship with one Chandrakant Sakat and on this count there used to be quarrel among the appellant and the deceased.

On September 13, 2010, when the deceased and the accused were alone at home, the latter killed the former using an axe and ran away.

Upholding the conviction, the High Court relied upon the testimony given by the son of the deceased. “We find from the evidence of Vinod that prosecution has brought on record the fact of illicit relationship between the deceased and one Chandrakant Sakat and about  the quarrel between the appellant and his wife on this account. In the circumstances, the motive of the appellant to commit murder of the deceased due to her illicit relations with Chandrakant Sakat, is also found to be duly established,” the court observed.

“On going through the evidence, we find that there is sufficient material to prove that the appellant has committed murder of his wife Savitrabai,” the court added.

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