Jessica Lall

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Jessica Lall

The Times of India

April 29-30, 1999 | Model-cumbartender Jessica Lall shot at a party in Qutub Colonnade restaurant in south Delhi. Later succumbs to gunshot wounds.

May 2, 1999 | Delhi Police recovers Tata Safari car belonging to prime suspect Manu Sharma, son of Haryana Congres leader Venod Sharma, from Noida.

May 6, 1999 | Manu surrenders in Chandigarh. Subsequently, 10 co-accused, including Vikas Yadav, son of UP politician D P Yadav, arrested.

Aug 3, 1999 | Chargesheet filed under various sections of IPC.

May 3, 2001 | Complainant and eyewitness Shayan Munshi resiles from his statement given to police and fails to identify Manu in court.

Oct 12, 2001 | Socialite Bina Ramani, owner of Qutub Colonnade, identifies Manu.

Feb 21, 2006 | Trial court acquits all 9 accused due to lack of evidence, leading to a huge media outcry and sustained campaign for justice.

March 13, 2006 | Delhi Police file appeal in high court Oct 3, 2006 | HC begins hearing the appeal on a day-to-day basis.

Dec 18, 2006 | HC 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.

Dec 20, 2006 | HC awards life term to Manu Sharma with a fine of Rs 50,000 and sentences co-convicts Amardeep Singh Gill and Vikas Yadav to four years’ prison term with Rs 3,000 fine each. It also begins suo moto proceedings against Shayan Munshi and 31 others for lying in court .

Feb 2, 2007 | Manu Sharma appeals in SC

Apr 19, 2010 | SC upholds conviction and life term of Manu Sharma and other accused in the case. Munshi and other hostile witnesses to face perjury proceedings SC hands out final verdict

Not a shred of doubt that Manu killed Jessica after a row over drinks SC upholds Manu’s conviction as well as life sentence for the murder Evidence on actual incidence, testimonies of witnesses, evidence connecting vehicles and cartridges to the accused Manu Sharma, as well as his conduct after the incident prove his guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

The high court had correctly re-appreciated the evidence and was right in reversing the trial court judgment acquitting Manu Sharma SC upholds conviction of Amardeep Singh aka Tony Gill and Vikas Yadav for their role in the crime and the sentence of 4 years’ imprisonment Statements of Deepak Bhojwani, Shayan Munshi (below), Bina and Malini Ramani, George Mailhot, Rohit Bal and Rouble Dunglay nail the guilt on Manu Sharma Phone calls made to police after a crime constitute an FIR if it is not cryptic Delay in recording of witnesses’ statements does not discredit their testimonies Media reporting affected the rights of Manu Sharma but not to the extent to prejudice a trial Newspapers and TV channels should avoid trial by media at a stage when the guilt of the accused is not established and he is entitled to the presumption of innocence.

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