Senior Counsel Ram Jeth Malani pleading for the suspension of sentence of his client has contended that High Court had reversed the order of acquittal passed by the trial court under the pressure from the media. He has also contended that there was no evidence against his client and the main witness Bina Ramani, whom the High Court had accepted as an eye witness was in fact not the eye witness as she was not present at the time of crime.
It may be noted here that the present Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal, who was the Joint Police Commissioner in Delhi then was also shifted outside the capital when the media reported that he was also present at the Bina Ramani's restaurant in Mehrauli in South Delhi at the time of murder.
Jessica Lal was shot dead by Manu Sharma following her refusal to serve liqour at odd hours at night when the bar had already been closed.
Jessica was working as a bar tender at the restaurant owned by socialite Bina Ramani.
Manu Sharma was aquitted by Mr S L Bhayana who was the Additional Sessions Jugde at that time and was later promoted to Delhi High Court within a week of aqcuitting Manu Sharma.