Police asked to file reply on Maria's bail application

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Mumbai, Jun 4 (UNI) A local court today asked police to file a reply on the bail application of Kannada actress Maria Monica Susairaj in the Neeraj Grover murder case.

Maria (27) was arrested on May 21 for allegedly abetting 27-year-old Grover's murder on May 7. Grover was the creative head of Synergy Adlabs.

Directing the police to file a reply on the bail application filed by Maria's lawyer Nitin Pradhan, Additional Session Court Judge P Malli adjourned the matter till June 11 for hearing.

After being remanded to Judicial Custody by the lower court, yesterday, Maria filed the bail application in the sessions court today. She has stated in the application that she could only be charged with an offence for destruction of evidence, which is bailable.

It may recalled that Maria, who has acted in a couple of Kannada movies, had come to Mumbai to gain entry into the Hindi television serials. She met Grover and asked him to get a suitable role for her. Thereafter, the two became close friends and were reportedly into illicit relationship.

Matthew, who was to get engaged to Maria, a night before the murder, called her and heard a male voice. On enquiring, Maria told him that Grover was helping her to shift her goods to her new residence at Malad and would leave soon.

However, unconvinced with her reply, Matthew caught a late night flight from Kochi, where he was based, to Mumbai and arrived in the city early morning to meet Maria on May 7. After entering the flat, he found Grover was still there with her. He became angry and in a fit of rage, allegedly stabbed Grover with a kitchen knife and then cut the body into 300 pieces. Later, he and Maria allegedly stuffed the body parts into three duffel bags, drove to Manor in Thane district, doused the bags with petrol and set them on fire.

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