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|May 8, 1999||
Bina Ramani, husband and daughter arrested
The police said they were arrested for violating various provisions of the Excise Act including running an illegal bar at their restaurant and employing a woman bartender for serving liquor.
The restaurant, Tamarind Court, at Mehrauli in South Delhi where Jessica Lal was shot dead on April 29 at 0200 hrs, belongs to Bina Ramani. The restaurant did not have a license to sell liquor.
The Delhi police had earlier prepared an FIR against Bina Ramani for violating the Excise Act after recovering three liquor bottles from her restaurant. The police had also confiscated four glasses which, according to the FIR, smelt of alcohol.
Joint commissioner of police (South) Amod Kanth had admitted that there was an attempt to destroy evidence as many things had been apparently removed from the scene of the crime. Many liquor bottles had been removed and blood had been washed away. No case had been filed against Bina Ramani so far for tampering with the evidence.
According to the FIR, Bina Ramani who was the host of the party (at the restaurant where the murder took place) had kept foreign liquor at her restaurant without any license.
A senior police official said the charge against Bina Ramani and her Canadian husband that they being foreign nationals, were illegally running businesses in India, would also be investigated. George Mailhot is a Canadian citizen while Bina Ramani is a British passport holder. The police official indicated that their passports could also be seized.
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