‘India’s Most Wanted’ Host Suhaib Ilyasi Gets Life Imprisonment


New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to former TV serial producer Suhaib Ilyasi, who was on December 16 convicted of murdering his wife Anju Ilyasi in 2000.

Additional Sessions Judge SK Malhotra also imposed a fine of Rs 2 lakh on Ilyasi, who was convicted on December 16 for stabbing to death his wife. The court also directed that Rs 10 lakh would be paid as compensation to the parents of Anju.In 2014, the Delhi High Court had asked the trial court to add the graver charge of murder under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Ilyasi for his wife’s death.

Ilyasi, also the editor-in-chief of Bureaucracy Today magazine, had been facing the trial as an accused of the last 17 years in dowry death case of his wife Anju Ilyasi.

The high court’s order had come on a plea filed by Rukma Singh, Anju’s mother, challenging the February 19, 2011, order of a trial court which had rejected her plea for trying Ilyasi under the penal provision of murder.

Rukma Singh said her son-in-law was facing the charge of killing his wife for dowry under Section 304 of IPC, which attracts much lesser punishment.

Anju died on January 11, 2000, at her Mayur Vihar house. Ilyasi was arrested March 28, 2000, and charges were later framed against him in the case after his sisters-in-law and mother-in-law alleged that he used to torture his wife for dowry.

The trial court had framed charges against him relating to dowry death and subjecting a woman to cruelty (section 304 (b) and section 498 (a). After the high court order, it charged Ilyasi with murder. Ilyasi had shot into the limelight after hosting the reality TV show “India’s Most Wanted”.