SRINAGAR: Sahil's lawyer Mohammad Aslam Goni on Saturday came out in support of his client saying he was innocent and was being framed in the Rahul Mahajan case. He said Sahil surrendered here on his advice.

``I advised Sahil to surrender after listening to the entire story,'' Mr Goni said. He said Sahil should have surrendered before the Delhi police, but was terrified since he is a Kashmiri.

Sahil is fond of attending parties and has many friends in Mumbai and Delhi. Mr. Goni admitted that Sahil tasted some powder in Mahajan's house but asserted that he was not an alcoholic or a drug addict.

``Sources have told me that after tasting the powder he fell ill and was taken to a nursing home by another youth who was also present in Mahajan's house,'' he said. UNI