Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani on Wednesday continued to defend Manu Sharma in the Jessica Lall murder case by criticising the Delhi High Court (HC) bench for rejecting the report on ballistic expert, Roop Singh, on the ground that only a Photostat copy of it was provided to the court.
Jethmalani said the prosecution had made a case that out of two bullets fired from the .22 pistol, one hit the ceiling and another got embedded in the victim’s brain.
“The Division Bench of the High Court had gone berserk,” he added, stating the HC had termed the two-weapon theory as concoction and even cast aspersions on the trial court judge.
Jethmalani denied there was any manipulation of evidence, as held by the HC.
According to the senior advocate, the HC had erred in declaring Bina Ramani, the owner of Tamarind Court, where the alleged murder took place.
Jethmalani added that Ramani was relied upon as the prosecution’s star witness. However, the account of eye-witness Shayan Munshi who was working as a bar tender along with Lall, was not heeded. Jethmalani claimed Ramani was under police pressure to give statement of a particular type as she was facing an excise case, he said.
The senior advocate said the Delhi Police had threatened Ramani, George Mailhot and their daughter that they would be dragged into a case the Excise department had registered against them.