Cases have been filed before a local court seeking prosecution of actor Shayan Munshi and a ballistic expert for turning hostile in the Jessica Lall murder case.
The Delhi High Court registrar has filed complaints against Munshi and ballistic expert Prem Kumar Manocha before the court of chief metropolitan magistrate Vidya Prakash on the basis of the March 22 high court order, directing their prosecution for perjury.
Munshi, who was a primary witness of the prosecution, and Manocha are accused of lying on oath during the trial and introducing the “two-gun theory”, which was the primary defence taken by the convicts.
Seeking Munshi’s prosecution under Section 193 of the IPC (giving false evidence in judicial proceedings), the complaint says: “This change of statement by him was to clearly align himself with the defence taken by accused in trial that there were two persons at the spot with firearms and that the two shots had been fired from separate firearms.”
Munshi was at the bar counter when Lall was shot on the intervening night of April 29-30, 1999, by Manu Sharma, son of Haryana Congress leader Vinod Sharma, after she refused to serve him a drink at a late night party at socialite Bina Ramani’s restaurant Tamarind Court in south Delhi.
It was on his statement that the police had lodged an FIR but he later retracted in the court, saying his statement was recorded in Hindi though he did not know the language and that Lall was shot by some other person.
The complaint also said that Manocha, who was the deputy director of the state forensic science laboratory in Rajasthan, changed his stance to “align himself” with the defence.