Sheena Bora murder case: CBI judge loses cool on Indrani Mukerjea’s lawyer

Mumbai: The special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court Judge J C Jagdale lost his calm on Indrani Mukerjea’s Advocate Gunjan Mangla while she was cross-examining Sheena Bora’s brother Mikhail for unnecessarily dragging the trial.

The cross-examination of Mikhail which was further continued by Mangla on Thursday as Advocate Sudeep Pasbola was not present in the court, she started examining Mikhail by asking him about his biological father Siddartha Das and then went on asking him about the mental shocks he had gone through. It was when she asked him who accompanied him in Mumbai from Bangalore while he was studying in Bangalore International School, that’s when Judge J C Jagdale lost his patience.

“I am running out of patience because of unnecessary dragging that comes from a senior lawyer. He had requested for three days of cross-examination. The witness is coming far from 1,000 kilometres, the accused are in the jail for more than three years now,” said Jagdale

“I am not saying that the witness is unreliable or the accused are not guilty. All I am saying is even I have to answer because of the slow pace in the trial,” added Jagdale

Mangla while arguing that she will soon start asking about the contradictions in Mikhail’s statements said, “There are hardly contradictions in Mikhail’s statements to the CBI,” but still she engaged the court by asking questions which were already recorded by the CBI ‘leaving a few’, as Public Prosecutor Bharat Badami kept bringing the court’s attention to the statements recorded by CBI by saying, “A few words are here and there.” as Mangla asked Mikhail “Did Indrani ask you to associate her as your ‘Badi didi’?” and in the CBI statements only ‘Didi’ was recorded. Further, the defense advocates were ordered by J C Jagdale to pay Mikhail for his travelling expenses to cross-examine him. The special court will continue his cross-examination on September 1.

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