Entrepreneur Bina Ramani, a key witness in the Jessica Lall murder case, was produced in a court in New Delhi on Thursday, a day after she was arrested in Goa by a joint team of Delhi and Goa police.
Ramani was arrested on Wednesday from her restaurant-cum-pub Lounge in Candolim, 20 kms from the Goa capital Panaji after a Delhi court had issued a non-bailable warrant against her. She was brought to Delhi on Thursday.
Viraj Datar, Ramani's lawyer, said his client was fully cooperating with the police.
"My client was served seven notices by the police and she was present on all occasions," said Datar.
According to him, the case for which Ramani was arrested—use of forged documents to claim she was the owner of Tamarind Court in Qutub Colonnade in south Delhi and that she had a license to serve liquor there—was quite an old one.
"This is a nine-year-old case and my client made all payments. She also possesses legal documents of the property. The allegations of the police are completely baseless."
Datar said the case in which Ramani was arrested had nothing to do with the Jessica Lall murder.
The ramp model was shot dead at Tamarind Court on April 30, 1999 after she allegedly refused to serve liquor to Manu Sharma—the main accused in the murder—saying the bar had closed for the day.