There was circumstantial evidence against naval officer Emile Jerome, convicted in the Neeraj Grover murder case and hence it was not inclined to grant him bail said the Bombay high court on Wednesday.
A division bench of justice VM Kanade and justice ML Tahalayani said, “We are not inclined to grant bail. There is circumstantial evidence (against Jerome).”
The court, however, said that it will expedite the hearing of the appeal filed by Jerome against the conviction.
The court also observed that the trial judge had strongly relied on the retracted confession of Maria Susairaj while convicting Jerome.
“The trial court went on a wrong footing in the beginning itself. There is enough circumstantial evidence. We might ask the trial court to reconsider the verdict,” justice Kanade said, but quickly added that the court was just thinking aloud looking at the evidence prima facie.
The police said Neeraj was stabbed to death by Jerome and Susairaj after the victim got into a scuffle with the naval officer on May 7, 2008.