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Bina Ramani files fresh plea to go abroad

Ramani has urged the court to allow her to go to Thailand as her "presence is required" for the marriage of her niece.
None | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON APR 05, 2006 11:32 AM IST

Socialite Bina Ramani, one of the key witnesses in the Jessica Lall murder case, has for the second time in a week moved the Delhi High Court, seeking permission to go abroad.

Ramani has urged the court to at least allow her to go to Thailand as her "presence is required" for the marriage of her niece on March 30 in Phuket, in which "she has an important role to play".

She said she was willing to give her bank guarantee as security during her absence from the country. The court will hear the plea on Wednesday.

The fresh plea comes three days after Justice Vikramjit Sen refused permission to the socialite, her daughter Malini Ramini and husband Georges Mailhot to travel to Thailand as 'lookout' notices were pending against them and "investiga tion in the Jessica case was at a crucial stage".

"Considering the circumstances, it is not proper to allow the witnesses to go out of India. … if you go abroad, how will you participate in the investigations? You are going outside the jurisdiction of the court," Justice Sen said on March 24.

The Delhi Police is planning to raise objections to Ramani’s application.

In her application, she said that while it is very important for her to attend the wedding in Phuket, her daughter and husband would not leave the country. "We will certain ly object to her visit as she is a key eyewitness in the case. Her presence in the country is very crucial. Bina's role in the destruction of evidence is being probed," said a senior officer.

The police had on March 14 issued look-out notices against all witnesses in the case. But the notices affect Bina, Malini and Mailhot the most as they hold foreign passports. While Bina is a British passport holder, her daughter Malini has a US passport. Mailhot holds a Canadian passport.

The police also plan to question Dhanraj, the man who had allegedly dumped the Tata Safari used in the crime at Noida. Dhanraj has not been arrested yet. The other key man missing in the case is R.K. Sudan alias Titu.

Titu is the man who had allegedly smuggled Manu Sharma’s pistol out of the country. He is probably in the US. The police want to bring him back to the country.

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