New Delhi: A young man accused of strangulating his wife was on Thursday awarded life imprisonment by a Delhi court which said the case does not fall under the "rarest of rare" category to warrant death sentence.
Additional Sessions Judge Vinay Kumar Khanna handed life term to 26-year-old Dharmender Kumar Paswan, a Bihar resident, who was convicted for murder and destroying the evidence after the crime.
"Considering the totality of facts and circumstances, this court is of the opinion that it is not a case for imposition of death penalty as it does not qualify as a rarest of rare case. Having decided that, this court is left with no discretion but to award him life sentence," the court said and also imposed a cost of Rs 20,000 on the convict.
As per the prosecution, Dharmender killed his wife in August, 2010, suspecting her of having an affair with someone else and dumped her body into a gutter near his house in south Delhi.
It also said Dharmender and deceased Sudha, who had had a love affair, married each other after the woman had left her first husband.
She had taken her 5-year-old minor son along with her to Delhi and started living with Dharmender, the police said.
It also said the convict killed his wife after he saw the woman in an illicit relation with their neighbour.
The court, however, relied on the statement of the minor boy that his father had throttled his mother.
"Cumulative effects of the established facts noted above leads to a singular hypothesis that the accused is guilty. In view of the aforesaid proved and established facts, this court feels that the chain of circumstances is complete... And the accused is the perpetrator of the crime in question.
"There is no ambiguity of a third person committing the said crime," the court had said while holding Dharmender guily of killing his wife.