Supreme Court verdict in Jessica Lall murder case today

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New Delhi, Apr 19 (ANI): The Supreme Court will pronounce its verdict on Monday in Jessica Lall murder case in which prime accused Manu Sharma has challenged his life sentence awarded by the Delhi High Court.

A Bench comprising Justices P Sathasivam and Swantanter Kumar had reserved their verdict on February 18.

Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani had assailed the High Court verdict which had set aside the trial court judgment acquitting the accused.

He had alleged that the High Court Bench had made up its mind to hold Sharma guilty.

Jessica Lall was shot at point blank range on the night of April 29, 1999 while she was working as a barmaid at the Tamarind Court Bar owned by socialite Bina Ramani.

It was alleged that Jessica was murdered by Manu Sharma, alias Siddharth Vashist, son of Congress politician and former Union Minister Vinod Sharma, after she refused him a drink since the bar had closed for the day.

The trial court verdict acquitting Sharma on February 21, 2006, was set aside by the High Court on December 18, 2006.

The High Court had held guilty two other accused in the case Vikas Yadav and Amarjeet Singh Gill for destruction of evidence.

They have also challenged their conviction and four years' jail sentence. (ANI)

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