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Delhi Police may appeal

Police may appeal against the acquittal of six of the nine accused, reports Tushar Srivastava.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 10:29 IST

The Delhi Police may go for an appeal against the acquittal of six of the nine accused in the Jessica Lall case. The judgement, police sources said, was being closely studied to see the grounds on which the six co-accused in the case were let off.

While convicting Manu Sharma, Vikas Yadav and Amardeep Singh Gill in the case on Monday, the division Bench of Justice RS Sodhi and PK Bhasin acquitted Alok Khanna, Harvinder Singh Chopra, Raja Chopra, Vikas Gill, Yograj Singh and Shyam Sunder Sharma for want of evidence.

“The decision to go for an appeal will be taken after going through the judgement,” said police commissioner, KK Paul Special commissioner, UK Katna, who heads the Special Investigation Team (SIT), said, “A decision will be taken only once the quantum of sentence is decided and after studying the grounds of acquittal.”

The prosecution had alleged that Amardeep and Yadav had used the Tata Sierra of Khanna -- who was accused of criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence — to return to Tamarind court.

Chopra, it was alleged, had arranged for the stay of Manu in Saket immediately after the incident. He worked as CA with the Piccadily firm owned by Manu’s father Vinod Sharma.

Raja Chopra, a businessman, was alleged to have provided conveyance to the accused after the incident. Vikas Gill was accused of escorting Manu to Panchkula and providing him shelter.

Yograj Singh, another accused in the case, was alleged to have facilitated Manu being taken to Khera, Muktsar, in Punjab besides harbouring Manu. Shyam was charged under section 212 of IPC for harbouring Ravinder Krishan Sudan, a proclaimed offender in the Jessica Lall case.

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First Published: Dec 20, 2006 02:42 IST