HC upholds discharge of socialite Bina Ramani, owner of Tamarind where Jessica was killed, in forgery case

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has upheld a sessions court's order discharging socialite Bina Ramani, owner of restro-bar Tamarind Court where model Jessica Lal was shot dead in 1999, in an alleged forgery case.

Justice P S Teji said the sessions court decision to set aside the order passed by a magisterial court framing charge under section 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of IPC against Ramani has no "illegality or infirmity".

The court further observed that the FIR was registered on August 4, 2006 and the charge sheet was filed in June 2013 about seven years after the registration of FIR, against her "which is clearly barred by the limitation as provided under Section 468 (bar to taking cognisance after lapse of the period of limitation) CrPC".

The police had filed the charge sheet saying during the probe into Jessica murder case, it was found that Ramani was running a restro-bar 'Once Upon a Time' at Mehrauli Road in South Delhi without a valid licence for serving liquor by using forged documents.

The magistrate had discharged Ramani and others for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and others. It had, however, framed charge only under section 471 of the IPC against Ramani.