Nagpur: The District and Sessions Court convicted a man, his mother, a brother and his two women relatives on the charges under Sections 498(A), 306, 34 of IPC and awarded them varying jail terms as well as fines. The convicts have been identified as Sanjay Manik Bedalwar (30), Lalitabai Manik Bedalwar (60), both residents of Kunjilalpeth, Usha Manoj Kirtiwar (33) of Kukde Layout, Asha Balraj Kirtiwar of Babulkheda and Ravindra alias Tillu Manik Bedalwar. The charges against all the accused were proved on the basis of evidences and testimony of witnesses and were found guilty of charges under the aforementioned sections of Indian Penal Code.
Subsequently, the District and Sessions Judge D N Bankar awarded 3-year Rigorous Imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5000 to Sanjay Bedalwar, Usha Kirtiwar, Asha Kirtiwar and Ravindra Bedalwar. Similarly, the convict Lalitabai Bedalwar was sentenced to undergo 2-year simple imprisonment and a fine of Rs 2000. If the convicts failed to pay the fines, additional six-month and two month jail terms respectively. However, the court acquitted the sixth accused Ravindrakumar Ramchandra Bedalwar (67) of Gaddigodam in the case.
The details of the case are that the Vijayalaxmi (25) had married to Sanjay Bedalwar. However, within six months of their marriage, all the accused started demanding an amount of Rs 50,000 frequently. But when Vijayalaxmi failed to meet their demands, she was subjected to torture, both mentally and physically. Fed up with the harassment, Vijayalaxmi committed suicide by hanging at her father’s house on 15-5-2010 night. On the basis of a complaint lodged by her father Chandranna Malanna Gadicharla (50), resident of Kamgar Colony, Subhash Nagar, police had booked the accused under sections 498(A), 306, 34 of IPC and had launched a probe into the suicide of Vijayalaxmi.
PSI H K Sheikh was Investigating Officer and after an in-depth probe filed a chargesheet against the accused in District and Sessions Court. Adv A S Nikose represented the prosecution while Adv C H Jaltare appeared on behalf of the accused.