Friday, February 18, 2011

HC resumes perjury hearings in Jessica Lall case

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday resumed perjury proceedings against 19 witnesses who turned hostile in the 1999 murder of model Jessica Lall. 
   The matter was listed before the division bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and GP Mittal.
   The court proceedings started with the 19 witnesses, including actor Shyan Munshi, ballistic experts Roop Singh and Prem Sagar as well as electrician Shiv Shankar Dass, marking their presence in court. But it could only hear arguments on behalf of five witnesses.
   The court directed counsel for the witnesses to furnish a brief note of five to seven pages in each case. “Make an appropriate note of the case citing division bench and Supreme Court judgment delivered earlier in the case. We want your assistance to complete the case soon, therefore the counsel should focus on operative part of the case which clarify their role in Manu Sharma’s conviction,” the division bench said. Seeking resumption of perjury (lying on oath) case against the witnesses, standing counsel Pawan Sharma informed the court that the SC has not dropped proceedings against them and, therefore, the high court can now begin hearing the case. IANS

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