Jessica case: Cops want to re-examine weapon
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Jessica case: Cops want to re-examine weapon

Delhi Police submitted before the HC that they were going to get the weapon of offence.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 22:52 IST

Delhi Police on Wednesday submitted before the Delhi High Court that they were going to get the weapon of offence and empty shells of cartridges used in the murder of ramp model Jessica Lall re-examined.

Mukta Gupta, standing counsel for the Delhi Police, submitted before a division bench comprising judges RS Sodhi and PK Bhasin that the city police did not believe the earlier forensic reports that the two cartridges, the empty shells of which were recovered from the spot, were fired from two different weapons.

She said the forensic report of the weapon and the cartridges was one of the main grounds on which the trial court had acquitted all nine accused, including the prime accused Manu Sharma, in the case.

Therefore, the police had decided to get the weapon and the empty shells re-examined.

Allowing the plea, the bench issued notices to all the accused seeking their replies to the police by July 31.

On another plea by the police seeking prosecution of a Chandigarh-based doctor who had allegedly issued a fake medical certificate to Vikas Gill, one of the accused in the case, which was used to get exemption from personal appearance in the trial proceedings of the case, the bench directed the police to initiate criminal proceedings against Gill.

Jessica was shot dead, allegedly by Manu Sharma, the son of a Haryana minister, April 30, 1999 when she refused to serve him a drink during a party at the Tamarind Court where she was filling in as a bartender.

The restaurant, owned by Bina Ramani, did not have a liquor licence.

First Published: May 31, 2006 16:47 IST