A fortnight after being sentenced to ten years in jail in the murder of TV executive Neeraj Grover, former navyman Emile Jerome has moved the Bombay high court challenging his conviction and blaming Kannada actress Maria Susairaj for the offence.
“We have filed an appeal in the high court against the sessions court order. The appeal will come up for hearing on July 25 along with Jerome’s bail application,” his lawyer Wahab Khan said.
On July 1, a sessions court convicted Jerome for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and had sentenced him to ten years rigorous imprisonment.
Jerome's fiancé and Kannada actress, Maria Susairaj, a co-accused in the case, was, however, held guilty only under the charge of destruction of evidence and given a three-year sentence.
Susairaj was let-off from jail two days after the conviction, as she had already served the sentence as an undertrial.
Pinning the blame on Susairaj, Jerome, in his appeal has said, “That motive, if any, was with the original accused No 1 (Susairaj) for committing the offence and not with the applicant (Jerome).”