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Jessica Lal case: Timeline
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December 18, 2006 16:59 IST
Following is the chronology of events in the Jessica Lal [Images] murder case.

April 29-30 1999 -- Jessica was shot on the intervening night at a party at Qutub Colonnade restaurant in south Delhi.

April 30, 1999 -- Doctors at Apollo hospital declares Jessica brought dead.

May 2, 1999 -- Delhi Police recovers Tata Safari car belonging to Manu Sharma, son of Haryana Congress leader Venod Sharma, from Noida, Uttar Pradesh.

May 6, 1999 -- Manu surrenders before a court in Chandigarh. Subsequently other ten co-accused including Vikas Yadav, son of UP politician D P Yadav, were arrested.

August 3, 1999 -- Chargesheet filed against accused for killing Jessica under various sections of IPC.

January 31, 2000 -- Magistrate court commits the case to a Sessions court for trial.

November 23, 2000 -- Sessions court frames charges for murder against nine persons and discharges one accused Amit Jhingan while declaring Ravinder Sudan alias Titu as proclaimed offender.

May 2, 2001 -- Court starts recording of prosecution evidence. Deepak Bhojwani, an eye-witness deposes before the trial court.

May 3, 2001 -- Complainant and eyewitness Shyan Munshi turns hostile, fails to identify Manu in court.

May 5, 2001 -- Another eyewitness Shiv Das, an electrician at Qutub Colonnade, turns hostile.

May 16, 2001 -- Third key witness Karan Rajput turns hostile.

July 6, 2001 -- Malini Ramani, eyewitness, identifies Manu.

October 12, 2001 -- Socialite Bina Ramani, owner of the restaurant and bar physically identifies Manu.

October 17, 2001 -- George Mailhot, Ramani's Canadian husband, deposes and identifies Manu.

July 20, 2004 -- Surinder Sharma, controversial investigating officer in the case, deposes after returning from UN assignment in Kosovo.

February 21, 2006 -- Trial court acquits all nine accused due to lack of evidence against them.

March 13, 2006 -- Delhi Police file appeal in the High Court.

October 3, 2006 -- High court begins hearing on appeal on a day-to-day basis.

November 29, 2006 -- High court reserves its verdict.

December 18, 2006 -- High court convicts Manu, Vikas Yadav and Amardeep Singh Gill alias Tony and acquits Aloke Khanna, Vikas Gill, Harvinder Singh Chopra, Raja Chopra, Shyam Sunder Sharma and Yograj Singh.

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