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NEW DELHI: Overturning the death sentence given to former Delhi Youth Congress president Sushil Sharma in the infamous Tandoor murder case, the Supreme Court on Tuesday commuted it to life imprisonment on the grounds that the crime was committed in a fit of jealousy.
Sharma was convicted of murdering his wife Naina Sahni, cutting her body into pieces and trying to burn it in the over at Bagiya restaurant in New Delhi in July 1995.
Naina Sahni was reportedly in an illicit relationship with her former classmate and friend Matloob Karim. More over, Sharma had tensions with his wife as he wanted to keep their marriage a secret for political reasons.
On the night of July 2, 1995, when Sharma returned home, he found his wife talking on the phone to someone. When he redialled the number, he found that she was talking to Karim.
Infuriated, Sharma shot dead Naina Sahni with his licensed revolver, cut her body into pieces, and tried to burn it in the oven of Bagiya Restaurant with the help of its manager Keshav.
But a Delhi Police constable nearby got suspicious after seeing rising flames, and the restaurant manager fuelling fire. The manager told the policemen that he was burning election-related material. But the cop found that it was the body of a woman that was being burnt.
Sharma fled Delhi and surrendered to police more than a week later in Bangalore.
He was given the death sentence, but on Tuesday the Supreme Court commuted it to life imprisonment on the grounds that he committed the crime in a fit of jealousy.