The sessions court on Tuesday convicted a 29-year-old man, who was arrested by the Tilak Nagar police in 2011, on the charge of killing his pregnant wife. The court, presided over by judge VA Lovekar, sentenced the man to life imprisonment and also slapped a fine of Rs3,000 on him.
The prosecution's case dates back to January 30, 2011, when Rukhmini Gupta was found dead at her Chembur residence. According to the case charge sheet, the victim was initially a resident of Uttar Pradesh (UP), where she used to stay with her parents and siblings. It was then that convict Bhola Gupta's family had approached Rukhmini's parents with the intention to get the two married. Accordingly, the two got married in 2005. For a short period, the two stayed at Bhola's parents' residence in UP.
The charge sheet adds that in 2008 Bhola shifted to Mumbai. He would visit his parents and wife and daughter in UP once in a while.
However, in 2011, he decided to bring his wife and daughter to the city and the three started residing in Chembur. "Rukhmini would frequently call up her brother Rajesh, 35, and tell him about how Bhola assaults her on a daily basis. On the day of the incident, around 9.30am, Rukhmini called up Rajesh and informed him that Bhola has been continuing to assault her for dowry and has also stopped giving her food," reads the charge sheet.
On January 31, 2011, Rajesh's neighbour informed him that Rukhmini was found dead in the house. Rajesh then came to Mumbai and registered a complaint against Bhola for killing Rukhmini.
When dna spoke to Bhola's counsel, advocate Kaushik Mhatre, he said, "We will definitely approach the high court and appeal against the sessions court's order. We had produced a very important fact before the court, which pointed out that the FIR was registered two days after the incident, which makes the entire case dubious. We will raise this point again before the high court in the appeal."
The prosecution had examined a total of 17 witnesses in the case.