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HC again refuses permission to Ramani to go abroad

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Mar 29 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today refused permission to the Jessica Lal murder prime witnesses Bina Ramani to visit Thailand ostensibly to attend the marriage of her niece.

Justice Vikramjit Sen also refused to quash the "look-out notices" served on the witnesses who had deposed in the ramp model Jessica Lal in 1999.

The Judge observed that Ms Ramani has initiated a media trial for her cause to seek permission to go abroad.

While fixing April 5, the next date of hearing along with the main application he asked the Police to file its reply.

The Judge was annoyed when he was informed that the arguing counsel was not present.

Counsel appearing for the petitioner said that she might be given permission to visit Thailand only for six days.

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.

She is a foreign passport holder and might not return once she leaves for abroad, contended the police.

The police had issued look-out notice against all the witnesses after challening 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.

UNI PAT ARB HT1945

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