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NBW issued against doctor in Jessica Lall case

Police are alleging that Chandigarh-based Dr Bedi had granted nearly four medical certificates between 2004 and 2006.

india Updated: Aug 25, 2006 20:02 IST

A Delhi court on Friday, issued a non-bailable warrant against Dr JS Bedi, charged for allegedly fabricating records and submitting them as evidence for Vikas Gill during the Jessica Lall murder trial.

Chandigarh-based doctor, Bedi was to appear before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau. On the basis of the medical certificates issued by Dr Bedi, Gill successfully managed to seek personal exemption from the trial. The prosecution realised it later that Gill had already fled to the US in October 2004.

Police alleged that Bedi granted nearly four medical certificates between 2004 and 2006 to certify that Gill was suffering from spinal problems, even though the accused was not in the country during the said period.

The Delhi High Court on July 31 had directed the Delhi Police to conclude its investigations in the case within two months.

On February 21, all nine accused, including Siddharth Vashishtha alias Manu Sharma, were acquitted by the then Additional Sessions Judge S.L. Bhayana.

Model Jessica Lall was shot at point blank range on the night of April 29, 1999 while she was working as a celebrity bar-maid in the Tamarind Court bar owned by socialite Bina Ramani.

It was alleged that Jessica Lal was murdered by Manu Sharma, the son of Congress politician and former Union Minister of State for Food and Civil Supplies Vinod Sharma, after she refused to serve him a drink since the bar had closed for the evening.

The Delhi police in its primary investigation had also indicted Vikas Yadav, the son of former Rajya Sabha Parliamentarian DP Yadav, along with ten others on the charge of destroying evidence.

The sensational murder case had a high profile list of accused, which included names like Amardeep Singh Gill, Coca-Cola company officials Alok Khanna, Shyam Sunder Sharma, Amit Jhingan, Yograj Singh, Harvinder Chopra, Vikas Gill, Raja Chopra, Ravinder Krishan Sudan and Dhanraj.