Shayan Munshi, facing perjury proceedings in the Jessica Lall murder case, has for the first time categorically denied deposing falsely in the trial court to help out Manu Sharma, who has since been convicted of the murder. The actor said so in the reply to the Delhi High Court notice seeking an explanation from him for providing false evidence.
The court will hear his reply on Monday.
Munshi, who was a key witness in the case related to the model's killing in April 1999 in Delhi, maintained that the police changed his statement to suit their case. He urged the court to drop the proceedings against him.
Munshi said his statement before the police did not have the same sanctity in the eyes of the law as that of the deposition made under oath before the court. He challenged the action against witnesses on the basis of a police investigation that was itself under judicial scrutiny.
In his FIR, Munshi had said he saw a youth in a white T-shirt fire at Jessica. In the trial court, he said two persons shot at her, and did not identify Manu.
In its judgment, the high court had called him a "liar" and said "there is no doubt that he had been won over by the accused". In December, the court sentenced Manu to life imprisonment and two others, Amardeep Gill and Vikas Yadav, to four years imprisonment.