Lawyer accused of threatening witness gets pre-arrest bail

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 23:38

Mumbai: A lawyer, accused of threatening
a prosecution witness in the murder case of TV executive
Neeraj Grover, has obtained transit anticipatory bail from
Madhya Pradesh High Court, police said on Tuesday.

Advocates Raja Thakur and Murthy Acharya, who had
defended Kannada actress Maria Susairaj, prime accused in the
case, were booked by the city police for allegedly threatening
Usha Ramalu, a `panch` witness.

"Thakur obtained transit anticipatory bail from Madhya
Pradesh High Court. The order dated October 10 gives relief to
Thakur for 15 days. We cannot arrest him before October 25,"
Joint Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said here.

Mumbai Crime Branch had first arrested two persons -
Raju Wankhede and Munshi Yadav - for allegedly threatening
Ramalu with dire consequences if she deposed against Susairaj.
Subsequently, Murthy was arrested and a manhunt was launched
for Thakur.

Murthy, Wankhede and Yadav are out on bail.

According to the Crime Branch, Thakur made 40 phone
calls to Wankhede during the period when Ramalu was
threatened.

Susairaj and her Naval officer-fiance Emile Jerome
Mathew had been accused of murdering Grover after an
altercation at her residence here in May last year.

Bureau Report



First Published: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 - 23:38
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