Deepak Bhojwani, a key prosecution witness in the Jessica Lall murder case, would be travelling to India from South Africa, where he is based for the past few years, to “clear a number of things” being attributed to him by the defence counsel in the Delhi High Court, which is hearing the appeal against the acquittal of accused Manu Sharma.
Talking to HT from Johannesburg, Bhojwani said, “I have been following the developments in the case on a daily basis and have been in touch with my friends and associates in India. I will be in Delhi soon where I would be holding a press conference to clear a number of things that are being attributed to me.”
Defence counsel Ram Jethmalani told the court last week that Jessica had been shot dead by a “tall Sikh gentleman” and not by his client. The defence has further argued that Sharma was framed at the behest of this Sikh man, who was very powerful, and police were scared to touch him.
The defence has used Bhojwani’s statement to corroborate this.
Bhojwani had said while he was moving around in the party, he came in contact with Sharma, who requested him to arrange liquor for him, following which he told him that the bar had closed. Then one “Sikh gentleman” came from behind Sharma and told him something and took him away towards Tamarind Café.
After 15-20 minutes, Bhojwani said he heard somebody saying that Jessica was shot. He rushed towards Tamarind Café and saw Jessica lying on the floor. The defence has argued that it was this Sikh man who shot Jessica.