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Hope they won't mess up again: Sister

Sabrina hailed the appeal against the acquittal of the nine accused.

india Updated: Mar 13, 2006 22:12 IST

Murdered ramp model Jessica Lal's sister Sabrina hoped on Monday the case would not be messed up again, even as she hailed a police appeal in the Delhi High Court against the acquittal of all the nine accused.

"It is a positive step. We were waiting for the appeal ever since the police commissioner promised to make a fresh appeal against all the acquitted people in the higher court," said Sabrina about the 1999 murder case.

The court of an additional sessions judge had last month acquitted all the nine accused, including prime suspect Manu Sharma, due to lack of evidence.

Sabrina hoped KK Paul, the Delhi Police chief, would also take action against the erring officials who had tampered with evidence during investigation.

"I hope they will not mess up the case this time. It is important that those responsible for tampering with evidence should be brought before the court," said Sabrina.

"It has been six-seven years and police have to give clarification for faulty investigation in the case," she said.

The appeal against the acquittal was filed in the Delhi High Court on Monday and is likely to be taken up for hearing in a couple of days.

"We were waiting for the appeal to happen. The police commissioner had assured that the police were in consultation with senior lawyers and they would soon file an appeal," she said.

"We have to wait for how the court will look into the case."

Sabrina said now that an appeal has been made in the case, police should ask Manu Sharma to produce the licensed weapon allegedly used in the murder.

"The onus is on him (Manu Sharma) to produce the weapon and he would also have to explain why he has not produced it for so long," she added.

Sharma is the son of Haryana Excise Minister Vinod Sharma. According to the prosecution, he shot Lal dead April 9, 1999, when she refused to serve him a drink during a party at the Tamarind Court restaurant in south Delhi where she was filling in as a bartender. The restaurant did not have a liquor licence.

All the witnesses cited by the prosecution turned hostile in court.

First Published: Mar 13, 2006 12:48 IST