A woman in Gujarat has been charged with the murder of her husband in a case that was initially dismissed by a magistrate.
The suspect, whose name has not been released by police, is identified as Sushma, who has been in jail since April.
The case is believed to be the first case of murder in India since the killing of former President Asif Ali Zardari in December 2008.
In an unprecedented move, Chief Justice Gopalakrishnan asked the district magistrate to file an FIR against Sushme, a former resident of Ahmedabad, over the killing, which is being investigated as a murder.
He also ordered an inquiry into the family’s finances.
“We have been in touch with the police and the district administration to inquire into the circumstances of the killing,” Ahmedabad police said in a statement on Wednesday.
Sushme was married to Zardar for nearly two decades and their son Ankit was born in June.
Police allege that after the husband’s death in December, Sushmanta fled to India, where she married Ankit’s father and moved in with her sister.
The family was never notified of the marriage, and her husband’s body was never recovered.
The victim’s sister told CNN that Sushmana and her sister had been living together in Ahmedabad since June 2016.
Sidharth Nath, an investigative journalist who is a regular contributor to the Indian Express newspaper, said the case had taken on a “fury” that had never been seen before.
“This is a case where the wife has been arrested, and the victim is a suspect, and they are being questioned by the police.
I don’t know how they have been able to live together in this way,” Nath said.
Sudhir Sharma, a resident of the area where the case is being probed, told CNN India that he has heard that the family is not happy with the court’s action.
“They have been living with Sushama for the last two years.
They have been married for the past three years.
So they are not happy,” he said.
Police sources said the suspect was released on bail after her trial, but it is unclear how long she will remain in custody.
Sushima is expected to be arrested on Monday.