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Jessica Lal case: Jethmalani questions evidence

November 14, 2006 19:51 IST

Claiming that much of the prosecution evidence in the Jessica Lal murder case was false and created doubts, prime accused Manu Sharma's counsel Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that his client deserves to be given the benefit of doubt.

Accusing the police of fabricating evidence against Sharma, he told a division bench comprising Justice R S Sodhi and Justice P K Bhasin that police had failed to find the real culprit and prosecuted Sharma for murdering Lal.

"Two-thirds of the evidence produced by the prosecution is false. When majority of the evidence is false, the whole case is doubtful," Jethmalani argued.

Resuming his arguments, the counsel referred to the testimony of hostile witness Shyan Munshi and said Munshi's testimony corroborated ballistic reports in the true sense given by three experts (Roop Singh, P S Minocha and his junior Satyender Singh) regarding the empty catridges.

He submitted that according to the reports, two weapons were used in the crime. As per the report of the first expert, Roop Singh, the catridges were used from two different fire arms which clearly went in favour of his client. When the police failed to get a favourable report, it went to another expert (Minocha) to get an opinion contrary to the first one, he added.

Minocha and his junior (Singh) gave a report in favour of Sharma but created a confusion stating that a concrete report can be given only when the suspected weapon was brought before him, Jethmalani argued.

Then the prosecution started accusing Sharma's father for influencing these experts, he told the bench.

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Sub: either RAM(sorry maligni) prove as to why he they hide

yes pls ask this MALIGNI as why his clients or he himself were silent on exact identity of killer as he claimed in court.pls arrest ...

Posted by lalitkumar

Sub: A long haul!

Well friends after all the non-sensical deliberations and hostile vitness, etc,...I wouldn't be surprised if the court rules out one day that Jassica Lal is ...

Posted by sri

Sub: Law and Power

Counsel Jethmalani's fresh revelations corroborates the fact that, in this country, India- law and justice is only available to the rich and powerful. Justice does ...

Posted by jasraman



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