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Sheena murder: HC seeks CBI reply on Khanna’s plea for copy of confession

Driver Shyamwar Rai turned approver in the case and has been granted pardon by the court

mumbai Updated: Jun 25, 2016 01:27 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Sheena Bora,Indrani Mukerjea,Sanjeev Khanna
Sanjeev Khanna has sought a copy of the confessional statement of Indrani’s former driver Shyamvar Rai.(File photo)

The Bombay high court (HC) on Friday sought the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) response to a plea filed by Sanjeev Khanna, an accused in the Sheena Bora murder case, seeking a copy of the confession of driver Shyamwar Rai.

Read: Indrani’s driver pardoned, turns approver

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Rai turned approver in the case and has been granted pardon by the court. Justice Sadhana Jadhav said an accused has an “inherent right to have a copy of the statements of co-accused or witnesses in a case, as it will be used as evidence during the trial”.

Read: Accused has right to get a confessional statement’s copy: HC

She said if a statement, as defined under section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code, has been submitted before the trial court, it ceases to be a prosecution document and becomes a public document. CBI’s counsel, Purnima Kantharia, had earlier told the court the agency was not against handing over the document to Khanna. “We will give them the statement, but at a later stage,” she said.

The HC is likely to take up the matter for further hearing on June 30.

First Published: Jun 25, 2016 01:27 IST