Maria is expected to set free on Saturday, Jul 2 and sources said that the Kannada actress will take a direct flight to hometown Bangalore soon after her release.
Delivering its judgment, the Mumbai court convicted Maria for destruction of evidence in the murder. The maximum punishment for such offense can be three years of imprisonment and as Maria has already spent three years and one month in jail during the case trials, she was let off by the court.
Surprisingly, the court did not indict Maria and the prime culprit, her fiance Emily Jerome Mathew in the murder case. The court charged the duo in culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Jerome, a former Navy personnel, was sentenced for 10 years in jail. Maria claimed that Jerome killed Grover while Jerome said Grover was murdered before he entered Maria's room.
Maria and Jerome killed Grover in May 2008. Grover's body was chopped into several pieces and was disposed off in a bag in Mumbai outskirts.
Media reports came out with two different stories. While some say Grover was killed as he (Grover) failed to fulfill his promise to give "break" to Maria in the industry, the other alleged that Jerome killed Grover suspecting about an affair between Maria and the slain TV executive.