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Court reserves Susairaj's bail plea order

The sessions court has reserved its order till Tuesday on the bail application filed by Kannada actress, Maria Susairaj, co-accused in the sensational Neeraj Grover murder case.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2008 22:11 IST

The sessions court has reserved its order till Tuesday on the bail application filed by Kannada actress, Maria Susairaj, co-accused in the sensational Neeraj Grover murder case.

Susairaj's lawyer Harshad Ponda had filed for bail last week on the grounds that chargesheet has been filed in the case and that Susairaj can be charged only for destruction of evidence and not murder.

Ponda on Monday refuted the prosecution's arguments that it was a pre-mediated murder and stated that if the murder was pre-planned, Susairaj's naval officer fiance and co-accused Emile Jerome Mathew would have come to Mumbai earlier and not on the day of the incident (May 7).

"Mathew had booked the ticket to Mumbai at 11.30 pm on May 6, half an hour after he spoke to Susairaj who told him that Grover was at her house," Ponda contended.

He further argued that if the murder was pre-mediated, Mathew would have come to Mumbai earlier and seen the house where the murder had been committed so as to plan the murder.

"From the time of the incident to the next day, Susairaj and Mathew have been making arrangements only for destroying the evidence," Ponda said.

The lawyer also contended that Susairaj had been staying with Grover since March 2008 and had been very close to each other and wanted to be together.

Additional sessions Judge ST Mahajan will pass an order in the application tomorrow.