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Court lauds Bina Ramani's courage

December 18, 2006 21:34 IST

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The Delhi high court, which convicted Manu Sharma and two others in Jessica Lal murder case relying on the testimony of socialite Bina Ramani on Monday, appreciated her for showing "guts" to speak up against the accused who belonged to influential families.

"We find (her) a reliable witness and in fact, the only brave person present in that party to muster courage to face the shooter," said a Bench of Justice R S Sodhi and P K Bhasin in its 61-page judgement convicting Sharma, son of former Haryana minister Venod Sharma, in the case.

"While others, who claimed to be socialites, did not have the courage to raise a little finger to apprehend the culprit who she was chasing and shouting that he (Manu) was the person who had shot Jessica," wrote the bench in its verdict.

Earlier too, during the hearing on the appeal filed by the Delhi Police challenging the acquittal of all nine accused including Manu Sharma, the Bench noted that Ramani's statements were sufficient to hold the accused guilty.

"Bina Ramani had shown guts by supporting the prosecution fully. She could have walked off in the right time like others," the court had said referring to the three eyewitnesses including the complainant Shyan Munshi who had turned hostile in the case.

The bench also commended the role of Ramani's Canada-born husband. "Even George Mailhot, being an old man, had tried to catch hold of the accused but no one else had gathered the guts to run after the accused, although hundred people were present in the restaurant," the bench said.

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Sub: Thank you Ms. Ramani

Thank you Rediff for providing me the opportunity to express what I want to say: I clearly remember the morning of 1st May,99 when I ...

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finally !culprit got his punshiment feels gud that people like bina ramani are still alive in India .

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Very happy to see that at last the justice has prevailed because of people like B.Ramani. Hats off to her courage.

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She has turned out to be only man in this part of country where every male including the culprit boast of the manhood & shoot ...

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people who donot come forward for right cause shoule also not expect any help when they are in distress

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