Two complaints have been filed before a Delhi court seeking prosecution of Bollywood actor Shayan Munshi and a ballistic expert for retracting from their testimony in the model Jessica Lall murder trial.
The Delhi High Court registrar recently filed the two complaints before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidya Prakash on the basis of a March 22 high court order directing their prosecution for perjury.
The Delhi High Court March 22 ordered that a perjury case be registered against witnesses Munshi and ballistic expert Prem Sagar Manocha for turning hostile during their deposition in the murder trial.
Munshi, who was the prime witness of prosecution in the case, and Manocha were accused of lying on oath during trial before the sessions court.
Lall was shot dead at Tamarind Court, a restaurant owned by socialite Bina Ramani, in south Delhi's Mehrauli area on the night of April 29-30, 1999.
According to police, she was shot dead by Manu Sharma, son of Haryana Congress leader Venod Sharma after she refused to serve him a drink at the party. Munshi had lodged the FIR in the case.
The trial court had acquitted Manu Sharma while the high court awarded him life imprisonment.
The Supreme Court in April 2010 upheld the high court's order in the murder case and also endorsed its findings on the issue of perjury.
Munshi, the complainant in the case, had disowned the complaint during the trial.