Suhaib Ilyasi challenges life imprisonment verdict against him in High Court

File photo of Suhaib Ilyasi. Photograph:( Facebook )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 13, 2018, 04.01 PM (IST)

Former TV anchor and producer Suhaib Ilyasi has approached the Delhi High Court challenging the trial court order which sentenced him to life imprisonment for murdering his wife

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Suhaib Ilyasi, the former host of the popular crime show "India's Most Wanted",  was sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court on December 20 for the murder of his wife Anju 17 years ago. 

The court said Ilyasi "committed her murder and gave it a colour of suicide". 

Right after the verdict, Ilyasi, 51, shouted that he was innocent and that the conviction was an "injustice". 

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Ilyasi had earlier been charged under milder sections of the IPC, including 304 B (dowry death).

Anju's mother and sister Rashmi Singh had moved the Delhi High Court which in August 2014 ruled that Ilyasi would be tried for murder.

Anju was rushed to a hospital on January 11, 2000, with stab wounds.

Ilyasi was arrested on March 28, 2000. 

The prosecution had asked for the death sentence, saying Ilyasi had "betrayed the faith of not only his wife but of the public at large".  

But the court said the murder did not fall in the rarest-of-rare category.