Crl.A. No.-000590-000590 / 2015. JAYANTILAL VERMA vs STATE OF M.P. (NOW CHHATTISGARH). Supreme Court, 19-11-2020

CourtSupreme Court (India)
JudgeHON'BLE MR. JUSTICE SANJAY KISHAN KAUL, HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE DINESH MAHESHWARI, HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE HRISHIKESH ROY
Writing for the CourtHON'BLE MR. JUSTICE SANJAY KISHAN KAUL
REPORTABLE
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF INDIA
CRIMINAL APPELLATE JURISDICTION
CRIMINAL APPEAL NO. 590 OF 2015
JAYANTILAL VERMA …Appellant
Versus
STATE OF M.P. (Now Chhattisgarh) …Respondent
J U D G M E N T
SANJAY KISHAN KAUL, J.
1. On the fateful day of 24.8.1999, one Sahodara Bai was found dead
on a cot in her matrimonial home located in village Uslapur, District
Rajanandgaon, M.P. (now Chhattisgarh). A marg intimation was lodged
with the police at the behest of her brother, one Kishore Kumar, who
alleged that he had returned to village Uslapur to see his sister, where he
was informed by her in-laws that she had died. He related a prior
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incident from a few days ago alleging that on 19.8.1999, the deceased
had returned to her maternal home to village Baiharsari stating that she
had been harassed at the hands of her in-laws for the last 6-7 months. The
cause for harassment was stated to be that the appellant herein (her
husband) had a brother who lived separately and the in-laws would beat
and harass her if she attempted to speak to the wife of the brother of the
appellant herein. The endeavour of reconciliation took place when
Kishore Kumar along with another brother, Lochan, had brought the
deceased back to her matrimonial home. Even at that stage, on being
asked whether they wanted her to live with them, the in-laws responded
that they will see for a few days and then decide. The deceased thereafter
stayed back at her matrimonial home.
2. A postmortem was conducted on the body and FIR No.72/99 came
to be registered at P.S. Bodla, District Kawargha on 29.8.1999 arraying
the appellant herein, his father, one Lalchand and mother, one Ahiman
Bai as accused for offences punishable under Sections 302 read with
Section 34 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 (hereinafter referred to as the
‘IPC’). The FIR is stated to have been registered at the behest of one
K.P.S. Paikara, the SHO of P.S. Bodla, who relayed the abovementioned
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