New Delhi: A Delhi court has acquitted a man
who along with his brother allegedly abducted and strangled
the tutor of his children suspecting him of having an affair
with his wife, saying even the fact as to whether the victim
was dead or alive was not proved.
The court absolved Jaffar Iqbal, a resident of Meerut
in Uttar Pradesh, and his brother Md Julfikar of the charges
of abduction, murder and destroying evidence under the IPC.
Another accused Islammudin absconded and was later declared a
"In a case based on circumstantial evidence, the dead
body of the victim has not been recovered and there is no
other circumstances or fact to confirm as to whether he is no
more or alive," Additional Sessions Judge J R Aryan said.
The court, in its judgement, also rapped police officials
for recording vague statements as witnesses.
It said the wife of accused Jaffar, who was allegedly
having an affair with victim Narender Gupta, hailing from
Hapur in UP, turned hostile and did not support the case.
Earlier, she had told the police that it was her husband
and others who abducted and killed Gupta as they suspected
that she was having an affair with the man who used to teach
her two children.
According to the prosecution, Jaffar, after coming to
know about the alleged relation of the victim with his wife,
went to Hapur and asked Gupta to accompany him to the national
capital on October 3, 2005.
The accused had told the victim`s father that he would
engage him (Gupta) in a lucrative business, it said.
As the victim went missing, an FIR was lodged by the
victim`s father against Jaffar and others under various penal
During the probe, the accused allegedly confessed that
they took the victim to their native place in Meerut and threw
his body in a canal there after strangling him.
The court, however, gave the accused the benefit of doubt
as neither the body was recovered nor any witness came with
clinching evidence against them.