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President Kalam promises necessary action in Jessica Lal case
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March 07, 2006 00:52 IST

President A P J Abdul Kalam Monday promised to take all "necessary action" in the wake of public outrage over the acquittal of all the accused in the Jessica Lal [Images] murder case.

He conveyed this to a delegation of NDTV journalists led by the channel's chief editor Prannoy Roy who submitted a petition to him from over 2,00,000 of its viewers requesting a re-trial in the sensational murder case.

"I will study the petition and take necessary action. This is my promise," the President told them after a 20-minute meeting during which he took a copy of the CD and read some of the messages, including e-mails from the channel's viewers.

"It does not get higher than this. By receiving the petition, he has sent a strong message both to the system and the nation that he is willing to listen when justice is not done," Roy said after the meeting.

The four-member delegation also impressed on the President that the acquittals in the case "exemplified many problems with the legal system", Roy said.

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