Mumbai, Jul 2 : Kannada actress Maria Susairaj, sentenced to three-year imprisonment in the 2008 murder of TV executive Neeraj Grover, today walked free out of a jail here as she has already spent the term behind the bars. Clad in a floral brown kurta and black pants, the 30 year-old was escorted to a waiting car by a posse of policemen as there was a huge media presence outside the Byculla Jail. Accompanied by her brother, Maria stopped at Mahim church for 10 minutes to pray.
The starlet was found guilty under IPC Section 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and awarded the jail term yesterday along with boyfriend, former navy officer Emlie Jerome, who was held guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in the macabre killing of the 25-year-old TV professional over three years ago.
While Maria was released, Jerome (28), awarded ten years imprisonment, will have to be behind bars for seven more years. The duo had been in jail for three years as undertrials. PTI