The Ahmedabad Cyber Crime Branch has caught Tarun Jinaraj, who has been accused of murdering his wife on Valentine’s Day in 2003, nearly a month and a half after he jumped interim bail and failed to report back to jail, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Ajit Rajian confirmed on Thursday.
According to a Sarkhej police official, Jinaraj was apprehended from a paying guest facility at Najafgarh in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi.
Jinaraj, who has been accused of allegedly strangling his wife Sajni on Valentine’s Day in 2003 after just three months of marriage at their home in Ahmedabad, was caught in 2018 from Bengaluru after absconding for 15 years.
In an order dated July 20, the Gujarat High Court granted Jinaraj temporary bail for two weeks. He was released on temporary bail between August 4 and 19, with his return to jail slated for August 19 as per the high court order. However, he failed to return to jail, compelling the jail authorities to write to the Gujarat High Court, informing it of his absconding status.
The police had filed a supplementary chargesheet against Jinaraj in January 2019, charging him for the offences under sections 302 (murder), 304B (commits dowry death), 498A (relatives of husband subjecting woman to cruelty), 120(B) (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) coupled with sections 3 (penalty for giving or taking dowry) and 7 (cognisance of offence under the Act) of the Dowry Prohibition Act.
His mother Annamma Chacko, along with her elder son Arun and daughter-in-law Roopkanta, are also facing trial since 2016 for offences under sections 304B (commits dowry death), 498A (relatives of husband subjecting woman to cruelty), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 114 (abetment) of the IPC in a complaint filed by Sajni’s brother-in-law P K Shashidharan.
After Jinaraj’s arrest in 2018, a supplementary chargesheet was filed against him. He also faces a 2018 FIR at a Bhopal police station in Madhya Pradesh for using forged documents to prepare a forged passport, using which, he had purportedly obtained a job in multinational companies and had visited the US several times.
In 2018, when Jinaraj was apprehended, he was found to have changed his identity and remarried, living in Bengaluru for the past six years with his second wife and two sons.