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(Rptg, adding details in para one)

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Apr 18 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today restrained Jessica Lal murder prime accused Manu Sharma and six other accused, currently on bail, from going abroad without informing the authorities after they appeared before the court.

A division bench comprising Justice Manmohan Sarin and Justice J M Malik asked Sharma to furnish a bond of Rs one lakh and a surety of equal amount before the Registrar General for ensuring his regular bail.

The bench asked the respondents not to leave the country without the permission of the court.

The rest of the accused, except Vikas Gill, who were also on bail, would have to furnish a bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety of equal amount. All the respondents are asked to furnish the bonds before the Registrar General of High Court on April 25.

The court issued a non-bailable warrant against Gill, returnable on May 15 as he failed to appear before the court.

Counsel Mukta Gupta, appearing for Delhi Police, submitted that despite all efforts the notice could not be served on Vikas Gill.

The court sought the assistance of Delhi Police for completing the translation of the trial court records from Hindi to English within six weeks.

The court adjourned the matter till April 25 asking Ms Gupta to inform the bench about the progess of translation of the records.

Accused Vikas Yadav, who is in judicial custody for allegedly murdering Nitish Katara, was asked to furnish the bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety before the jail superintendent Tihar Central Jail.

Cricketer Yuvraj Singh's father Yograj Singh, Amardeep Singh Gill, Alok Khanna, Manu Sharma's uncle Shyam Sunder Sharma, Amit Jhingan, Harvinder Chopra, and Raja Chopra were among those present in the court during the proceedings.

Accused Ravinder Krishan Sudan and Dhanraj are absconding since the day of the crime.

They have all been charged under sections 120(b), 302, 201 and 212 of the IPC.


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