Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Manjunath Case: Where Will It Go?

Was reading this news about the Manjunath case. I wish it would come to a speedy and just trial. However, the news does not look particulalry enouraging at the moment.

Friday turned out to be a damp squib for the Manjunath Shanmugham murder trial as the prosecution failed to produce its two witnesses as per plan.

Both the witnesses set to depose before the District Judge, SMA Abidi, were policemen dealing with the case. The next date for hearing has been fixed for November 7 and 8.
The prosecution wanted to present inspector Pramesh Kumar Shukla, the Investigating Officer (IO) of the case and sub-inspector CP Gautam, who is dealing with the crime of harbouring the criminals involved in the case (Section 212 of IPC).

The district government counsel, Lakhimpur Kheri, Chandra Mohan Singh told TOI, "Both PK Shukla and CP Gautam expressed their inability to depose before the court on October 6 as they have been posted on election duty for the forthcoming local body elections.

Keeping in mind the local body elections, both the prosecution and the defence requested the court to give the next date after the polls get over. The polling process will be completed by November 3.

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