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Witnesses? deposition deferred till January 3

THE COURT of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Ravindra Kumar Singh on Wednesday deferred deposition of witnesses in the fake passport case till January 3, 2007, while asking the police to carry out further investigations in the matter on the basis of fresh information furnished by Siraj after he turned approver in the case.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2006 14:06 IST

THE COURT of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Ravindra Kumar Singh on Wednesday deferred deposition of witnesses in the fake passport case till January 3, 2007, while asking the police to carry out further investigations in the matter on the basis of fresh information furnished by Siraj after he turned approver in the case.

Based on the result of investigations, the court will decide whether to retain Siraj as an approver in the case or continue his trial as an accused.

The court of judicial magistrate D K Dangi had accepted Siraj’s application, who was an accused in the case, to become an approver with the consent of the prosecution.   

Counsel for both Mahendra Sharma, a passport agent whom Siraj named as the person instrumental in obtaining fake passports for gangster Abu Salem, his wife Sameera and companion Monica Bedi, and Monica Bedi had moved an application in the court on Tuesday accusing Siraj of lying before court as an approver.

The court has directed the police to complete further investigations into the case in the light of Siraj’s statement in court as an approver by January 3 and on the basis of its report, the court would decide whether Siraj should continue to be an approver in the case or revert to trial along with other accused.

Statement of two witnesses, Umashankar and Jaura Bee, produced in the court on Wednesday were also not recorded.