Kannada actress Maria Susairaj, who walked out of jail today after serving more than three years behind bars in Neeraj Grover murder case, claimed she is innocent and the conviction is a "stigma" on her life.
Her lawyer Sharif Sheikh, who was present alongside, said she would appeal against her conviction in a higher court.
"I know I am innocent and my god knows I am innocent," Maria told a chaotic press conference marked by protests by a group of people led by film-maker Ashok Pandit.
Maria, who hardly spoke during the interaction with her lawyer addressing the media most of the time, said she was all sympathy for the family of TV executive Neeraj Grover but refused to comment on her relations with him.
"I desperately sympathise (with Neeraj''s family) losing somebody. The whole scenario is sad," she said.
On Neeraj''s family blaming her for the crime, she said, "I don''t want to say anything about him or his family."
Even as most of what the struggling actress and her lawyer said got drowned in the din and cacophony, a glum-faced Maria admitted that she was still to come to terms with her new-found freedom and was undecided about her future.
"I am not going to decide anything for myself anymore. Let my family decide everything. I have put my past behind. I have not yet realised what is happening with me," she said. MORE PTI SP VI KRK SK