Court drops abetment to murder charge against ex-MP

New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) A court here Friday dropped charges of abetment to murder and other against former parliamentarian Dhananjay Singh in the maid torture case, but ordered charges for destruction of evidence be framed against him.

Additional Sessions Judge Amit Bansal, dropping the charge of abetment to murder and others against Singh, however, found prime facie evidence against his wife Jagriti Singh related to the torture and murder of the maid.

The court fixed Saturday for formally framing the charges.

Police in the charge sheet had alleged Jagriti used to give “merciless beatings” to her three domestic help and “compelled” the servants to work by holding them captive.

Police also claimed Singh and his wife might have “tampered” with the data of the CCTV cameras installed at 175, South Avenue.

The former MP is out on bail, but Jagriti is lodged in Tihar Jail.

Singh, accused along with his wife for the alleged torture and murder of their maid, was charge sheeted on February 1 last year for various offences, including destroying evidence, abetting murder and attempt to murder.

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