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Jiah Khan case: Court chides prosecutor for delaying trial

Jiah Khan case: Court chides prosecutor for delaying trial
The special women’s court here on Monday criticized the prosecution in actress Jiah Khan suicide case for delaying by not opening its case against accused Sooraj Pancholi and seeking an adjournment instead.

“This shows nobody wants to proceed with the trial and the agency is not prepared in spite of holding all the documents....unwillingness on part of the prosecution agency is going to delay the proceedings,” the judge A S Shende said.

As the hearing started, the court directed the special prosecutor Dinesh Tiwari to open the case but he sought some time saying CBI had not handed over certain documents. Under section 226 of Criminal Procedure Code, the prosecutor opens the case by describing the charge against the accused and the evidence he/she proposes to put forth.

“It is surprising that you always come and complain. It seems prosecutor doesn’t want to rely on charge sheet but wants to bring some new documents,” the court observed.

When the court asked Jiah’s mother Rabiya Khan’s lawyer Swapnil Ambure to open the case, he said he had filed a writ petition in the Bombay High Court and sought adjournment.
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