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Witnesses fail to turn up

NO BONA fide witness appeared before the court on the third day of the trial in the S. Manjunath murder case on Wednesday. In the wake of this, the prosecution moved an adjournment application before district and sessions judge SMA Abidi. Accepting the application, the district and sessions judge ordered adjournment of proceedings. He fixed July 6 and 7 as the next dates of hearing. Also, the district judge ordered issuance of bailable warrants against witness Rajendra Singh, who failed to turn up before the court.

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 00:51 IST

Hearing adjourned till July 6

NO BONA fide witness appeared before the court on the third day of the trial in the S. Manjunath murder case on Wednesday. In the wake of this, the prosecution moved an adjournment application before district and sessions judge SMA Abidi. Accepting the application, the district and sessions judge ordered adjournment of proceedings. He fixed July 6 and 7 as the next dates of hearing. Also, the district judge ordered issuance of bailable warrants against witness Rajendra Singh, who failed to turn up before the court.

Meanwhile, defence counsel Vidya Dhar Pandey sharply criticised the prosecution for adjournment of proceedings and termed it a dilly-dallying approach. The prosecution was scheduled to produce three more witnesses for examination. They were: Rajendra Singh, his wife Balwinder Kaur and Tarsem Singh.

These were the witnesses who lived in the close vicinity of the petrol pump in Gola, where the IOC sales executive Manjunath Shanmugam had been allegedly shot dead. District government counsel Chandra Mohan Singh and IOC counsel Jitendra Pal Upadhyay told mediapersons that none of the three witnesses turned up before the court today, following which the prosecution had no other alternative but to move an adjournment application. Pandey said the prosecution resorted to this move as  SC lawyer Kamini Jaiswal and high court lawyer IB Singh were not available.