Man gets life for killing sister’s brother-in-law
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A Mumbai sessions court on Wednesday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for stabbing to death his sister's brother-in-law in Shahu Nagar area, Dharavi, in March 2012.
Police said Dinesh Kunchikurve murdered Rakesh Kunchikurve as an act of revenge as he resented his sister eloping and marrying Rakesh's brother Vijay Kunchikurve, who is physically challenged.
Sessions Judge G T Qadri sentenced Dinesh to life imprisonment, and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000.
Additional public prosecutor Mohan Sawant said, "We based our case on circumstantial evidence of blood-stained clothes and a knife recovered at the instance of the accused and a confession of the accused made to the doctor. We also pointed out that Dinesh Kunchikurve was not happy with the marriage of his sister Lakshmi with Vijay Kunchikurve, who is a handicapped person."
Speaking to Newsline, defence lawyer Wahab Khan said, "The prosecution based its case only on recovery of the knife and clothes at the instance of the accused. On this issue, we cited a High Court judgment which held that a person cannot be sentenced to life only on the basis of evidence of recovery of items by the police at the instance of the accused. In this case, the father of the victim, the complainant, has said the recovered items were already present in the police station."
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