Friday, December 7, 2012

Mother-in-law framed man with false dowry death charges to usurp his property

Mother-in-law framed man for property

AHMEDABAD: A city sessions court exonerated a man of dowry deathcharges after the court found out that his mother-in-law had leveled false charges against him to usurp his property.

Mohammed Faruq Shaikh, a resident of Gomtipur, was arrested on January 26 this year on an FIR lodged by his mother-in-law, Noorjahan Ansari that he had abetted the suicide of his wife, Firdaus, a day earlier. The woman died of burn injuries.

Shaikh was arrested and came to be tried on charges of sections 498A and 306 of IPC. During the trial, it was established that Shaikh was not present at the spot, when his wife committed suicide. 

When the complainant, Noorjahan was examined before the court, she disclosed that the house Shaikh and his wife were living in was in her possession after the incident.

Shaikh's lawyer, Anand Brahmbhatt argued that Noorjahan filed the case against her son-in-law in order to usurp his property. Many relatives were questioned in this regard, but they denied the fact that Noorjahan had leveled charges of dowry death against Shaikh with a view to taking possession of the house.

The defence counsel brought electricity officials to the witness box and it was revealed that after his deposition, Noorjahan transferred the property onto her name. She mentioned in documents that her daughter had died a natural death.

This led additional sessions judge, V M Nayak to acquit Shaikh, who was lodged in Sabarmati central jail since January 26.