The sessions court early this week acquitted a man accused of setting his wife on fire after beating her brutally. Sessions Judge V S Murkhute acquitted Manjishir Kamble after the prosecution failed to establish the credibility of victims dying declaration.
According to the prosecution,on February 27,2008,Kamble picked up a fight with his wife Manjushi over a petty issue and started beating her brutally with a belt,which according to the police,was seized from the crime spot.
Prosecutions argument was purely based on the dying declaration given by the deceased on three different instances. Manjushi had given dying declarations to her parents,a local social worker and the police minutes before she died at Sion Hospital. However,the prosecution failed to prove authenticity of any of her dying declarations in the court. All the witnesses failed to stick to their original testimony before the court, said defence lawyer Abdul Wahab Khan. Prosecution in all had examined 8 witnesses.
Khan added,The dying declaration was recorded on a cyclostyle sheet which has a printed line claiming that the victim has given her declaration on her will,raising suspicion. Kamble,who was booked under Section 302 of the IPC,was in custody since his arrest.