For love,woman wants to change her testimony in court

Anita wanted to change her earlier statement and moved the court,but it has disallowed her plea.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published:March 29, 2009 3:32 pm

It’s a story which perfectly fits the bill of a Bollywood potboiler. Perhaps,as they say,everything’s fair in love and war.

Ravi and Anita grew up together as classmates and it seems only natural for them to fall in love.

Both wanted to tie the knot,but their families,which did not approve of their relationship,came in the way and they reluctantly,at least for Ravi,agreed to go their separate ways.

But destiny brought them together again six year later when Anita was engaged to Shiva,a match arranged by her parents.

Ravi,still in love with Anita,tried to persuade his classmate to break off the engagement but she refused.

Infuriated by her denial,he killed Shiva in June 2000 on the seventh floor of a commercial building in North Delhi.

The estranged lover was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in New Delhi after Anita testified that Ravi had killed her fiancé.

Their love blossomed again when Ravi came out on bail.

Later,they got married when Ravi’s appeal was being heard in the Delhi High Court.

Anita,now desperate to save her husband,wanted to change her earlier statement and moved the court,but it has disallowed her plea and upheld Ravi’s conviction.

“What we want to convey is that the girl had no motive to falsely implicate the convict and at the relevant time she spoke the truth,” the court said while upholding the life imprisonment of Ravi.

“She has deposed about her past affair with the appellant,and his abandoning her and she being engaged to the deceased,and soon after he again re-entering her life and pestered her to marry him. Her deposition establishes a motive to do away with a suitor and marry the girl,” the court said.

“It is interesting to note that the girl had subsequently married the convict and an attempt was made to re-examine her obviously for the reason that she had married him and would have resiled from her earlier deposition,” a Division Bench comprising Pradeep Nandrajog and Aruna Suresh noted but relied on the girl’s statement given immediately after the murder.

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