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Court finds Ramani's statement 'perverse'

Counsel Gupta said Ramani's statement clearly established the presence of Manu Sharma in the restaurant.

india Updated: Oct 05, 2006 19:09 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The prosecutionon Thursdaytold the Delhi High Court that the statement of Bina Ramani, a key witness in model Jessica Lall murder case, corroborated the circumstantial evidence to prove the case and termed as "perverse" the trial court's "discrediting" her testimony.

Appearing for the Delhi police, counsel Mukta Gupta told the Bench comprising Justice RS Sodhi and Justice PK Bhasin that Ramani's statement clearly established the presence of prime accused Manu Sharma in the Tamarind Court in the intervening night of April 29-30, 1999 when the incident took place.

Gupta told the court that during the trial Ramani, in her testimony, had said that she had seen Jessica falling on the ground after being shot at. Besides, there was her statement that Manu had attended the party in white T-shirt and blue jeans on the fateful day.

She had also chased Manu upto the main gate of Qutub Colonade soon after the incident and told her husband George Mailhot, who was standing near the main gate, about Manu for allegedly killing Jessica, the counsel argued.

Gupta also said the trial judge had failed to appreciate her statement in the case and said "the findings of the judge on her testimony is completely incorrect and perverse."

At this point, the Bench wanted to know from Gupta whether Ramani was the star witness and if the whole case of the prosecution was based on her statement and said "is she your best bet and are you building the case around her statements?"

First Published: Oct 05, 2006 19:09 IST