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Bina Ramani released from Tihar Jail

The socialite, an accused in a cheating-cum-forgery case in Jessica Lall case, walks to freedom after 9 days' custody.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2006 10:10 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Socialite Bina Ramani, charged with destruction of evidence after the murder of Jessica Lall in her restaurant and an accused in a cheating-cum-forgery case, on Saturday walked to freedom after spending nine days in custody.

The 63-year-old was released late on Saturday evening from Tihar jail where she spent three days and nights each, a day after a local court granted her bail in the case lodged against her by the Delhi Police.

She had to spent an extra day in jail as the order granting her bail came late in the evening and was handed over to prison authorities only this afternoon.

She was lodged in Jail No 6, which houses women inmates in Asia's largest prison.

Ramani, who was arrested in Goa on September six, had spent six days in police custody before being remanded to judicial custody. The Special Invesigation Team (SIT) probing the murder also took her to Goa during the period.

However, the release will only be an interim relief for her as the police has named her an accused in a destruction of evidence case registered on March 6 in connection with the murder.

A more serious charge, she could be arrested in the case.

While granting the bail, the court asked her to surrender the passport and not to leave the country without its prior permision. It also directed her to report to the Investigating Officer of the case on first Saturday of every month.

She was arrested after a court here issued non-bailable warrant against her in the cheating and forgery case for allegedly acquiring a licence to run the restaurant in south Delhi where the ramp model was shot dead in April, 1999.

First Published: Sep 17, 2006 08:19 IST