Suhaib Ilyasi, ex-host of 'India's Most Wanted', sentenced to life imprisonment for wife's murder

Anju Ilyasi was found dead from stab wounds in her East Delhi home on January 11, 2000.? Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 20, 2017, 10.39 AM (IST)

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

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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". 

Ilyasi's father and brother were present in court. 

"I am satisfied with the verdict as long as he is convicted I am fine," Anju's mother Rukma Singh said. 

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

But Anju's mother and sister Rashmi Singh 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.