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Jessica Lal case: Warrant against Bina Ramani
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September 04, 2006 16:29 IST
Last Updated: September 04, 2006 20:44 IST

A Delhi court on Monday issued a non-bailable warrant against socialite Bina Ramani in a case of cheating and forgery for acquiring a licence to run a restraunt at Mehrauli in south Delhi.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kamini Lau issued the warrant to be executed on or before September 15, on the prosecution's allegation that Ramani has not been joining the investigations and has been evading meeting with the investigating officer despite efforts to contact her.

"I am of the view that keeping in mind the nature of allegations involved, her custodial interrogation would be necessary," the court observed.

Even her daughter Malini and husband George Mailhot have not been giving her whereabouts or contact number and telling police that she is out of town, the prosecution alleged.

The prosecution also told the court that Ramani has no protection against arrest from any court.

According to police, Ramani obtained the license misrepresenting that she was the owner of the restaurant named 'Qutub Colonade' on the basis of forged documents and served liquor without having any valid licence.

As per the FIR lodged on March 6 this year, after the acquittal of nine accused in the Jessica Lall murder case, during the course of the investigation it was found that the owners of the restaurant, where the murder allegedly took place, had no valid licence from MCD for serving liquor but had only the licence for an eating house.

During the investigation it was further revealed that Ramani and her husband had supplied certain documents to MCD mentioning that they had become owners of the restaurant.

They had also submitted a rent note dated May 8, 1986, a No-Objection Certificate, rent receipts and other documents bearing the owner Diwan Chand's signature which were found to be forged, says the FIR.

Believing the given information, MCD issued a licence to run an eating house to Ramani who had also submitted a ration card which was never issued by the Food and Supply Office.

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