Nagpur: The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court acquitted a murder convict and set him free. The convict Kailash Pandurang Yedmewar was undergoing jail term for the murder of his wife Shubhangi.
According to details, Kailash and Shubhangi were staying in Butibori area and were at loggerheads over one issue or another. On March 29, 2013, a brawl erupted between the husband-wife duo and in a fit of anger, Kailash set Shubhangi on fire and ran to terrace. Hearing the cries of Shubhangi, neighbours rushed to her residence and later shifted her GMCH in Nagpur.
In her dying declaration, Shubhangi named her husband Kailash. Believing the dying declaration, the District and Sessions Court sentenced Kailash to life imprisonment. However, Kailash filed an appeal in the High Court against the trial court ruling. Adv Aniruddha Jaltare, appearing on behalf of Kailash, argued that in fact Shubhangi set herself ablaze in a fit of anger and ran towards Kailash to embrace him. Hence the accused ran towards terrace to save his life and stayed there till the police came in. Moreover, the dying declaration is also doubtful because the timings mentioned in it do not match, Adv Jaltare argued.
Giving the benefit of doubts, Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Atul Chandurkar set Kailash free.
AGP Rajesh Nayak appeared for prosecution while Adv Aniruddha Jaltare represented the accused.