HC refuses permission to Ramani to go abroad
New Delhi, Mar 24 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today refused permission to the Jessica Lall murder prime witnesses Bina Ramani, her Canadian husband George Mailhot and daughter Malini Ramani to visit the United States ostensibly to attend the marriage of her niece.
While issuing notice to the police, Justice Vikramjit Sen refused to quash the "look-out notices" served on the witnesses who had deposed in the murder case of ramp model Jessica Lall in 1999.
The court asked the police to file its reply by April 5, the next date of hearing.
Counsel Viraj Datar appearing for the petitioners said that the petitioners might be permitted to visit the US only for 14 days.
They were witnesses in the case and had been cooperating with the prosecution since the case was registered, said Mr Datar.
However, Counsel Mukta Gupta appearing for Delhi Police opposed the petition and said a fresh FIR had been filed against Bina Ramani for alleged destruction of evidence.
All of them are foreign nationals and might not return once they leave for abroad, contended the police.
The police had issued look-out notice against all the witnesses after challenging the acquittal of the accused by the trial court.
On March 22, the High Court issued bailable warrants against prime accused Manu Sharma, son of Haryana minister Vinod Sharma, Vikas Yadav, son of former Rajya Sabha member D P Yadav and seven other accused.
The Delhi Police had challenged acquittal of the nine accused on February 21 by the then Additional Sessions Judge S L Bhayana due to 'shoddy trial' and lack of clinching evidence.
According to the prosecution, Jessica was shot dead by Manu Sharma at Bina Ramani's Tamarind Court, at the Qutub Colonnade in South Delhi on the night of April 29-30, 1999.
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