Call it an irony of events or a coincidence but Suhaib Ilyasi, the man renowned for his India’s Most Wanted show has finally been convicted in a 17-year-old case where he was accused of murdering his own wife. The Delhi High Court on Saturday convicted the TV producer and anchor and declared him guilty on charges of murder. He faces a minimum of life imprisonment. Advocate Manu Sharma, who represented Ilyasi during the trial, said, “He has been convicted for murder… will not be able to comment further before reading the judgment.”
The man who is now convicted of the murder of his wife ironically shot to fame as a host of a crime show. He was arrested March 28, 2000, allegedly for killing his wife Anju. Charges were framed against him after his sister-in-law and mother-in-law alleged he used to torture his wife for dowry. Lawyer Satender Sharma who appeared in the court on behalf of the complainant said that it was a ”long wait” before justice was served. He said that following the murder on January 11, 2000, police had filed a chargesheet under IPC sections 498A and 304B (cruelty and harassment) against Ilyasi. On March 29, 2003, the court had passed an order on the same charges. Sharma said that initially, a post-mortem was conducted by a board of three doctors, two of whom opined that the death was “suicidal”.
In 1993 Suhaib Ilyasi had married his classmate Anju from Jamia Mass Communication course in London. Anju was then found murdered on January 10, 2000, at their East Delhi residence with multiple stab wound. The lawyer said Anju was aware of her husband’s “illegal acts and financial misdeeds”, and wanted to shift to Canada with her child. Ilyasi did not want this to happen. Ilyasi was one of the most popular faces on TV as the anchor of the show India’s Most Wanted.