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Police to seek opinion on court verdict

Delhi Police may appeal against the trial court judgement in a higher court.

india Updated: Mar 01, 2006 15:38 IST

Delhi Police on Wednesday said they would seek legal opinion on challenging the acquittal of nine accused persons by a local court in the Jessica Lall murder case.

The police would seek legal opinion on whether to appeal against the trial court verdict in a higher court and a decision would be taken in due course of time, Joint Commissioner of Police (Southern Range) Bhim Sain Bassi said.

"We have not taken any decision on the issue and we are waiting for a copy of the judgement," he added.

Bassi refused to comment on the court judgement and as to why the police were unable to back up their charges against the accused including Manu Sharma, son of a Haryana Minister. Manu was accused of shooting model Jessica Lall.

The court on Tuesday said the police failed to prove its case which suffered a setback when key eyewitnesses -- model-turned-actor Shayan Munshi, Shivlal Yadav, an electrician, and Karan Rajput -- turned hostile.

Manu Sharma alias Siddharth Vashishthawas charged with killing Jessica on April 29, 1999 when she refused to serve him a drink at the Tamarind Court restaurant here.

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 09:16 IST