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Delhi High Court acquits man of murdering wife, says he was of unsound mind

The Delhi High Court has acquitted a man of the charge of murdering his wife, saying he was of an unsound mind when the offence was committed.

Published: 23rd November 2017 08:08 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd November 2017 09:04 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has acquitted a man of the charge of murdering his wife, saying he was of an unsound mind when the offence was committed.

A bench of Justices S Muralidhar and I S Mehta set aside the trial court's August 2015 decision convicting the man for murder and awarding him life imprisonment.

The high court's order came on the man's appeal against the trial court's decision.

The bench said that certain circumstances of the case, like the "ghastly manner" in which the woman was killed, which was evident from 24 injuries on the woman's body caused by several household articles, were perhaps "reflective of his chronic mental state".

It also said that the manner in which the crime was committed and the appellant's conduct thereafter, point to the possibility that he was driven to commit the crime when he was not in complete control of his senses.

The bench said that even the medical professionals of the Tihar Jail had confirmed that he continued to suffer from bi-polar disorder, which is associated with mood swings that range from acute depression to manic behaviour.

It also noted that the appellant was suffering from chronic depression for a long time and was receiving treatment from 2007 onwards and had also attempted suicide a month prior to committing the offence.

The high court said the police and later the trial court had failed to examine all available materials, which had "resulted in the appellant being denied the opportunity to establish his plea of defence of unsoundness of mind".

"While one might never know what his precise frame of mind on the fateful day was, it is fairly evident that he was suffering from chronic depression throughout," it said.

While ordering that he be released from jail, the high court directed that he should continue to undergo treatment for his medical condition till the time the doctors feel it is necessary.

According to the police, the man had killed his wife as he suspected her of having an illicit relationship.

The incident had occurred on the intervening night of June 20-21, 2011, police had said.

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