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Thane | Friday, Aug 10 2018 IST
A local court has handed down life imprisonment to a 31-year-old man for killing his wife and disposing of her body in the bushes. In his recent judgment, district judge PP Jadhav found Mukesh Sukarya Bhandari, an estate agent from Koviligaon of Kalyan, guilty of offences punishable under sections 302 and 201 of the IPC and apart from awarding him life imprisonment, fined him a collective sum of Rs 60,000.

The accused had earlier been booked for rape of the 26-year-old woman besides other charges but obtained a bail in the case the court was told.

Public Prosecutors Vinit Kulkarni and Vivek Kadu stated that the victim Amisha Mhatre was residing with her parents and sister at Kalyan.

The accused had allegedly raped her and an offence under sections 376,420,312,313,504,506 and 323 of the IPC was filed against him with the MFC police station of Kalyan in which he obtained a bail.

Later, he married the victim on April 12, 2015. On the night of June 09, 2015, the accused and the victim left the house of her parents in an SUV. At night, the accused informed the victims' parents that his wife had left the house in anger. Since she failed to reach her parents' house, they searched for her but in vain and finally a missing person complaint was lodged with the Kalyan police the same night.

However. the same night, the body was found in the bushes in the village Yewari of Bhiwandi, the court was told. The body was smashed beyond recognition. The court was told that the accused had assaulted the victim with the help of stump and smashed her with the two stumps and later disposed her body in the bushes.

In his order the judge observed, "From these background facts it is clear that there was a strong motive for the accused to commit murder of his wife Amisha. On the fateful night he was with Amisha after 08.30p.m. Under such circumstances the subsequent behaviour of the accused to pretend as helping in search of Amisha to her family members and his physical condition clearly establishes his involvement in the offence. After the chain of circumstances was duly established, there was no scope to doubt the involvement of the third person in the murder, Mr Kulkarni observed.

Thus the arguments of advocate MZG Shaikh and ruling cited by him are certainly not squarely acceptable in the present case. Under such circumstances the prosecution has proved the guilt of the accused beyond any reasonable doubt.

Amisha's body was thrown into the open merely with intention to cause disappearance of evidence. Thusoffence punishable u/s.302, 201 of the Indian Penal Code are duly proved against the accused.

The entire case rested on circumstantial evidence and the deposition of the witnesses which favoured the prosecution which proved the case beyond all reasonable doubts.

UNI XR SB 1211A middle-aged mother from Kalyan was in tears as the district judge delivered his judgment sentencing her own son in law to life imprisonment for dual torture of her daughter and finally disposing off her body in the bushes.

The lady who was emotionally moved commented in the open court even when the verdict was being pronounced case to a logical end, but not not before persuing the case right from day 1 tirelessly as she wanted justice for her daughter who suffered at the hands of the accused. In the legal circles this was the rare scene in the open court.

In his recent judgment the district judge PP Jadhav found the accused Mukesh Sukarya Bhandari, 31, an estate agent from Koviligaon of Kalyan guilty of offences punishable under sections 302 and 201 of the IPC and besides awarding him life imprisonment fined him a collective sum of Rs. 60,000.

The case also has a history as the accused had been earlier booked for rape of the 26 year old and other charges but obtained bail in the case the court was told.

Appearing for the prosecution PPs Vinit Kulkarni and Vivek Kadu stated that the victim Amisha Mhatre was residing with her parents and sister at Kalyan.

The accused had alledgly raped her and an offence under sections 376,420,312,313,504,506 and 323 of the IPC was filed against him with the MFC police station of Kalyan and he obtained bail in the case.

Later he married the victim after much persuation on April 12, 2015 it was stated. It was on the night of June 09,2015 the accused and the victim left the house of her parents in a SUV.Later that night the accused informed the parents of the victim that the victim had left the house angrily but it transpired that she did not not reach her parents house. Her parents searched for her but in vain and a missing person complaint was filed with the Kalyan police on June 09,2015.

Later it was on the same day the body of the victim was found in the bushes in the village Yewari of Bhiwandi the court was told. The body was smashed beyond recognition. The court was told that the accused had assaulted the victim with the help of stump and smashed her with the two stumps and later disposed her body in the bushes.

The PP Kulkarni said that the deposition by mother and the sister of the victim and in aiddition to the same the statement of the accused under section 313 proved fatal to the accused and resulted in conviction.

In his order the judge observed, " from these background facts it is clear that there was a strong motive for the accused to commit murder of his wife Amisha. On the fateful night he was with Amisha after 08.30p.m. Under such circumstances the subsequent behaviour of the accused to pretend as helping in search of Amisha to her family members and his physical condition clearly establishes his involvement in the offence. From the background fact about the marital relations of accused with deceased and theevidence of witnesses examined by the prosecution, the chain of circumstances is duly established. There is no scope to doubt non involvement of the accused in the murder of his wife and suspecting the involvement of any third person in the same.

Thus the arguments of advocate Mr.M.Z.G.Shaikh and ruling cited by him are certainly not squarely acceptable in the present case. Under such circumstances the prosecution has proved the guilt of the accused beyond any reasonable doubt.

The dead body of Amisha was thrown in open land merely with intention to cause disappearance of evidence. Thusoffence punishable u/s.302, 201 of the Indian Penal Code are duly proved against the accused.

The entire case rested on circumstantial evidence and the deposition of the witnesses which favoured the prosecution which proved the case beyond all reasonable doubts.

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-- (UNI) -- C-1-DL0171-1472138.Xml

 
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