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Police wanted to silence me: Ramani

The socialite was freed after spending nine days in police and judicial custody.

india Updated: Sep 17, 2006 22:53 IST

Socialite Bina Ramanion Sundayclaimed the Delhi Police made her an accused in a destruction of evidence case related to Jessica Lall's murder in an attempt to silence her as a key witness.

A day after she walked to freedom after spending nine days in police and judicial custody in a cheating-cum-forgery case, the restaurateur appeared unruffled over the latest and unexpected move by the police.

"Truth and justice will prevail. I will rely on justice," she saidin New Delhiwhen asked about the decision to name her an accused in a destruction of evidence case registered on March 6 in connection with the high-profile murder.

Asked whether she feels that the move was an attempt to silence her, 63-year-old Ramani said, "It certainly looks like that. I think the whole nation knows that and feels the same way.

"I haven't even got a chance to see what they (police) have said. But one thing is sure, truth will prevail," shetold about the case, a more serious charge under which she could be arrested.

On the cheating and forgery case lodged against her, she said, "I haven't forged anything in my entire life. I have nothing to hide and my conscience is totally clear."

Ramani had earlier said that the cheating case was an attempt by the police to "eliminate witnesses" in the murder case.

She was arrested in Goa on September6 after a courtin New Delhiissued a non-bailable warrant against her in the cheating case for allegedly acquiring a licence to run the restaurant in south Delhi where Lall was shot dead in April 1999.

First Published: Sep 17, 2006 21:45 IST