Arrest Maria again: Grover parents
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 04, 2011, 00:58
Mumbai: Parents of TV executive Neeraj Grover, who was murdered by a defence personnel three years ago, today said actress Maria Susairaj was equally guilty of the killing and the trial court should have convicted her for murder and conspiracy rather than giving a lighter sentence.

Grover's parents, Amarnath (60) and Neelam (54), who were in the city to meet high police officials, told reporters that Maria, who was awarded a light sentence of three years for destroying evidence, should be re-arrested and tried for murder and conspiracy.

As the police is preparing to file an appeal in the Bombay High Court against the Sessions court verdict, Grover's parents met Additional Police Commissioner (Crime) Deven Bharti and urged him to put up a strong review petition so that Maria should be tried for murder and conspiracy.

Neeraj was killed and his body hacked to pieces and dumped in Manor forest in adjoining Thane district on May 7, 2008.

On June 30 this year, Maria was awarded a maximum three years' imprisonment for destroying evidence while her boyfriend and former Navy officer Emile Jerome got a 10-year jail term for the brutal killing of Grover.

As Maria had already undergone three years in jail during the trial, she was let off soon after the verdict.

"We have made our own observations after going through the verdict copy in detail. The judge and public prosecutor have ignored various misleading and contradictory statements given by Maria and Jerome. Maria was equally guilty of the crime," Amarnath told reporters.


First Published: Thursday, August 04, 2011, 00:44

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