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Ramani gets a word of praise

The Delhi HC praises Bina and her husband for showing "guts" and chasing the man who shot Jessica, reports Harish V Nair.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2006 16:00 IST
Harish V Nair
Harish V Nair

Some words of praise finally for Bina Ramani. Accused of destroying evidence in the Jessica Lall murder case, the socialite was praised by the Delhi High Court on Wednesday for showing "guts" and chasing the man who shot dead Jessica.

Bina had hosted the party at Tamarind Court on April 29, 1999, where the model was killed.

Hearing an appeal filed by Delhi Police challenging the acquittal of all the nine accused in the case, the court complimented Bina and her husband George Mailhot for their conduct soon after the model was shot.

Justices RS Sodhi and PK Bhasin said: "There were a hundred guests at the party and only this woman stood up against the man who had shot Jessica. She and her aged husband showed guts, chased him to the door while the others silently melted away."

This was in contrast to police claims that Bina had tried to save the accused.

The court said Bina, her husband and daughter Malini had not turned hostile in the true sense.

They had "said enough" to support the prosecution story but the public prosecutor mishandled their depositions by not intervening whenever they deviated from their statements made before the police.

"If you had (intervened), Shyan Munshi turning hostile would not have mattered, because she says she saw Jessica collapsing after being shot," said the court.

"Bina had also said Shyan told her that Manu Sharma fired at the model. She said she saw Manu put his gun in his pocket while escaping."

First Published: Oct 05, 2006 02:36 IST