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Grover’s body was not chopped, says Susairaj’s lawyer
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, July 2
The lawyer of actress Maria Susairaj told the press today that the body of Neeraj Grover was not cut into pieces as claimed by the police that had filed a chargesheet in the case three years ago. Susairaj was released from jail after she completed the legal formalities and paid a fine of Rs 50,000 imposed on her by the Sessions Court.

“This press conference is to inform the public about the truth about the case, and both sides of story from the prosecution and defence side,” Susairaj’s lawyer Sharif Shaikh told reporters.

Displaying photographs of Grover's body, Shaikh said it was intact after the murder and not chopped into pieces. “There are no pieces in the photo.... it is part of the evidence,” Shaikh said. He also said there were no burn marks on the body. The lawyer added that he would appeal in the higher court and challenge Susairaj’s conviction for destroying evidence. He added that the body of Grover was transported in one plastic bag to a remote place and not in several bags as alleged. Explaining the sequence of events on the eve of Grover’s murder, Shaikh denied that Susairaj had called the victim to her flat. Producing call records, he said it was the victim who had called her. However, the lawyer admitted that Susairaj, who was already engaged to Jerome, was in a relationship with Grover.

Susairaj didn’t speak much. “I am innocent,” she said. “I am convicted and this is a big stigma... but now I have come closer to God,” she said.

According to Shaikh, Susairaj was not planning to act in any movie as reported by the media.

Earlier, the actress walked out of the Byculla jail wearing a printed floral kurta and a pair of black trousers. A police posse escorted her to a car, which witnesses said was driven by her Susairaj’s brother Richard. Meanwhile, Grover’s parents say they will not perform his last rites till they get justice. They have also refused to accept the compensation awarded to them.





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