New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday stayed the trial court proceedings, going on for the last 12 years, against the producer of TV serial "India's Most Wanted" Suhaib Ilyasi who is accused in the dowry death case of his wife Anju Ilyasi.
Justice Kailash Gambhir stayed the trial court proceedings after Ilyasi's mother-in-law, Rukma Singh moved the court saying he should be tried on a murder charge.
"The trial court proceedings are stayed till further orders," the court said in the order and posted the matter for August 22. The trial court was scheduled to hear the final arguments in the case on Saturday.
Ilyasi, also the editor-in-chief of Bureaucracy Today magazine, was arrested March 28, 2000 and later, charges were framed against him in the case after his sister-in-law and mother-in-law alleged that he used to torture his wife for dowry.
The court's direction came on a plea of Singh challenging the trial court's February 19, 2011 order that dismissed her application to try Ilyasi for murder. Ilyasi has been facing charge of killing his wife for dowry under Section 304 of IPC, which attracts much lesser punishment.
Singh, who lodged FIR, relied upon the statement of doctor LC Gupta who had conducted the post-mortem of Anju and contradicted his earlier findings after more than one and half years, saying homicide could not be ruled out.
Gupta had earlier stated in his report to police that injuries inflicted upon the deceased (Anju) were self-inflicted and suicidal in nature.
The trial court had earlier dismissed Singh's plea to invoke additional murder charge against her son-in-law, saying no fresh evidence has emerged against him.