Lawyer accused of threatening witness gets pre-arrest bail
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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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