Former TV anchor Suhaib Ilyasi of ‘India’s Most Wanted’ fame acquitted of wife’s murder committed 18 yrs ago

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Sohaib Ilyasi acquitted of wife's murder

We have suffered a lot but I trust my father completely, his daughter told mediapersons

The Hush Post: Former TV anchor and producer Suhaib Ilyasi, who was sentenced to life in jail for the murder of his wife committed 18 years ago, has been acquitted. The judgement was given by the Delhi High Court.He had appealed against his conviction and imprisonment by a trial court. 

Suhaib Ilyasi, became a household name as the host of a popular crime show “India’s Most Wanted” aired on ZeeTV. Little did he know his life would himself become as unpredictable and complex as the mysterious cases he showed on his TV show. Earlier this year, Ilyasi was granted interim bail for four weeks to take care of his second wife, who was unwell.

Talking to PTI, Ilyasi’s daughter Aaliya, who was at the court when the verdict came, said she always had trust in her father. “I am very very happy. For all this while, we were silent about it because the judgement was yet to come”.

“We have suffered a lot but I trust my father completely and I had always trusted him,” Aaliya said.

The 52-year-old was jailed on December 16 last year after he was convicted by a trial court of charges of stabbing his wife Anju to death. The court said he had “committed murder and given it a colour of suicide”. It had also asked him to pay Rs 10 lakh to his wife’s parents. 

The trial court judge had said evidence suggested Ilyasi, at the prime of his career, was afraid that his wife would ruin him by exposing his alleged acts of fraud. Anju had decided to leave Ilyasi and settle down in Canada, the court noted.Sohaib Ilyasi acquitted of wife's murder

Case background 

Anju Ilyasi died in hospital on January 11, 2000, of multiple stab wounds. Ilyasi was arrested on March 28 that year. He was charged with murder after his wife’s mother and sister alleged he used to torture his wife for dowry. Ilyasi had told the police that she had committed suicide after a quarrel with him. 

Ilyas had shot to fame with India’s Most wanted, the crime show that ran from 1998-2000 on ZeeTV. The show was conceptualised by him along with his wife Anju. Both had studied mass communication together at Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi in November 1989. The two fell in love, eloped and had got married in London.

 

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