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Jessica verdict reserved

New Delhi, November 29
The Delhi High Court today reserved its order on an appeal challenging the acquittal of all nine accused, including Manu Sharma, son of former union minister Venod Sharma, in the high-profile Jessica Lall murder case after the prosecution wrapped up its rebuttal of defence contentions.

A Division Bench comprising Mr Justice R S Sodhi and Mr Justice P K Bhasin reserved the verdict after counsel for the prosecution and the defence completed their arguments in 25 hearings conducted on a day-to-day basis.

The court also dismissed an application filed by the prosecution seeking permission to submit additional evidence in the case.

Appearing for the Delhi police which challenged the acquittal, Additional Solicitor-General Gopal Subramnium, while concluding the rebuttal, claimed before the Bench that both the shots were fired at Lall by Sharma.

“It was Manu who fired both the shots including the fatal shot which killed ramp model Jessica Lall,” he argued.

According to the prosecution, on the intervening night of April 29-30,1999 Jessica was shot by Sharma after her refusal to serve him liqour in a party held by socialite Bina Ramani at the Tamarind Cafe in Qutub Colonnade restaurant.

Sharma, along with co-accused Vikas Yadav, son of former Member of Parliament D P Yadav, Amardeep Singh Gill, alias Tony Gill, a Coca-Cola factory employee, and Alok Khanna, an employee with Manu’s Piccadilly Agro Industries Ltd, had gone to attend the party on the fateful night. — PTI

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