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Grover’s parents knock on Bombay CJ’s door now

Aggrieved parents of murdered TV executive Neeraj Grover have now approached the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court

Written by Sukanya Shetty | Mumbai | Published: October 10, 2011 2:25:50 am

Aggrieved parents of murdered TV executive Neeraj Grover have now approached the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court seeking his intervention and complaining of the prosecutor’s “insensitive behaviour”. Amarnath Grover,in his letter to Chief Justice Mohit Shah,stated he does not have faith in the prosecution and the case was handled in a haphazard manner.

Last Wednesday,the High Court admitted the state’s appeal against the trial court’s order of acquitting Kannada actress Maria Susairaj and her Naval officer fiance Emile Jerome of murder charges. Additional Public Prosecutor Rajesh More has been appointed to handle the case in the High Court.

Neeraj (25) was murdered in 2008 allegedly by Susairaj and Jerome. The trial court had in July this year acquitted the two of the charge of murdering him. But it sentenced Jerome to 10 years imprisonment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder and sentenced Susairaj to three years in jail for destruction of evidence.

While Jerome continues to be in jail,Susairaj was released on July 2 as she had already served her sentence as an undertrial. Both approached the High Court challenging their conviction and the state government has also sought enhancement of Jerome’s punishment,and conviction on murder charges for both.

“It has not been easy for us. My wife and I have been carrying out independent investigations to help the prosecution. We have gathered as many as eight strong evidence,but every time we have tried meeting or calling the prosecution’s office,we been told that we cannot intervene as it is a confidential matter,” said Grover.

The Grovers,who were given compensation of Rs 1 lakh,collected from both the accused in the form of fine,have now decided to intervene in the case. “My only son was killed. We did not even get to conduct his final rites and the judicial officer claims it is a confidential matter and we should stay away. If this is not insensitive behaviour,what is?”

Grover,a businessman from Kanpur,had earlier approached the law and judiciary department requesting a special public prosecutor be appointed to handle the case in the High Court. The department,however,asked him to pay for it,he said.

“Once bitten twice shy. We don’t want to repeat the mistake. We believed in the trial court’s prosecutor and the case fell apart. Now,when we are requesting the state to help us,they asked for money. The prosecutor,too,has no interest in the case,” he claimed.

However,the additional public prosecutor said Grover is getting worked up without reason. “We understand his sentiments. He has lost his only son and the lower court did not give an expected judgment. But that does not mean we take sides with the victim’s or the accused’s family. Ours is a limited role — to aide the court in the case. He is free to appoint a private counsel if he does not trust us enough,” said More.

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