HC to resume trial of Shyan Munshi, 31 others for perjury

New Delhi, Feb 17 (PTI) The trial of Bollywood actorShyan Munshi and 31 others on the charge of perjury is set toresume at the Delhi High Court for false depositions by themin the killing of ramp model Jessica Lall by Haryana Congressleader Venod Shrama''s son Manu Sharma in April 1999.

A division bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and G PMittal are set to resume the trial nearly ten months after theSupreme Court upheld the life sentence awarded to Manu Sharmafor gunning down the ramp model-cum-bartender in South Delhirestaurant Tamarind Court belonging to socialite Beena Ramani.

The 32 persons, who are to face the resumed trial forturning hostile in the case, included socialite AndleebSehgal, ballistic experts Roop Singh and Prem Sagar,electrician Shiv Shankar Dass and eyewitness Jagannath Jha.

Munshi is facing perjury charge as it was he on whosestatement the police had registered the FIR against Sharma andwas the star witness of the prosecution.

But during his deposition in the court, he had turnedhostile and introduced the "two-gun theory" that led to Manu''sacquittal in the trial court.

The high court had taken suo motu cognisance againstMunshi and other hostile witnesses while reversing the trialcourt''s acquittal order and sentencing Sharma to lifeimprisonment in 2006.

The court had later deferred the trial in the perjurycase as Sharma went in appeal against the high court ruling.

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