“I was sure from the first day that Jessica Lall’s killer was Manu Sharma,” said Bina Ramani on Wednesday, reacting to the life sentence pronounced by the Delhi High Court on Manu Sharma.
Her statement in the trial court, however, had not been that specific. Ramani had said she heard a gunshot, saw Jessica falling, saw a “chubby fair man in white T-shirt” running away. She said she asked the man why he shot Jessica and asked him to hand over the gun. On Wednesday, Ramani said she was sure that it was Manu who shot her that night.
Criticising the trial court’s judgment passed by Justice GL Bhayana, she said, “The trial court’s judgement was certainly flawed. The court completely ignored my statements. I had given a detailed description of the incident. But the trial court refused to take that into account,” she told HT from Panaji.
Ramani still faces charges of destruction of evidence in the Jessica Lall murder case. She was the first person to be named by the Special Investigation Team of the Delhi Police in the fresh FIR on destruction of evidence. “The case is not over. My conscience is clean. I have nothing to fear,” she said.
She also refused to comment on the case of cheating and forgery lodged against her in obtaining a licence for Tamarind Court. “I have never forged anything in my life. The case is sub-judice. I do not wish to comment,” she added.
She lauded the court’s decision to pull up the 29 witnesses who turned hostile. “If it helps to encourage a witness to tell the truth, it is always welcome. I wish we had a better witness protection system. None of these people would have lied if they were not scared. The Parliament should think of a good witness system that gives them compassion and strength.”