Mumbai: City police will challenge a
lower court order absolving Kannada actress Maria Susairaj and
ex-navy officer Jerome of murder and conspiracy charge in the
TV executive Neeraj Grover case.
A sessions court had on July 1 absolved Maria and her
boyfriend Emile Jerome of murder and criminal conspiracy
charges after holding them guilty of lesser offences.
"We will soon move the High court challenging the
lower court`s order. The accused had pre-planned the murder.
They should be charged with murder and criminal conspiracy,"
said Additional Police Commissioner (Crime) Deven Bharti.
Jerome was convicted on the charge of culpable
homicide not amounting to murder under section 304 (part I)
IPC which attracts life term in jail or imprisonment up to ten
years. Both he and Maria were also found guilty of trying to
destroy evidence under section 201 IPC which provides for a
maximum three years in jail.
Since Maria had already served more than three years
in prison, she walked free after the court pronounced the
According to the prosecution, Jerome had gone to
Maria`s residence in suburban Malad on May 7, 2008 where he
got into a fight with Grover during which the naval officer
stabbed the TV executive to death. Susairaj and Jerome later
cut Grover`s body into pieces and disposed it in Manor forest
Both the accused had been charged by the prosecution
with murder, criminal conspiracy, common intention and causing
disappearance of evidence.
Another crime branch official said it was a case of
murder and there was a conspiracy behind it.
"Maria had claimed during the probe that Neeraj
exploited her because of which the latter was killed. She told
her boy friend about Neeraj`s presence in her house after
which Jerome flown to Mumbai from Kochi within a few hours
with an intention to murder the TV executive," said the
Moreover, the conduct of the accused should be taken
into account. Maria had gone to a police station in suburbs
stating Neeraj was missing. If she had not intended to murder
him, then why she created a picture that the Neeraj was
missing, he said.