The Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) in the 2002 Prantij British nationals killing case has moved an application before the special trial court,seeking to question the Gujarat Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) officer as witness after FSL deposited an incomplete transcript of a witnesss deposition,done through video conference. The court is expected to pass an order on the application on November 16.
The services of the FSL had been employed by the court to avoid any discrepancies in the deposition of the complainant. However,when the FSL produced the transcript,it left out some important statements recorded in the deposition.
The complainant in the case,Imran Dawood,had in 2002 visited India for the first time along with his UK-based uncles Saeed Dawood,Shakeel Dawood and Mohammed Aswat. They were accompanied by their driver,who was,on February 28,2002,taking the four to their native village Lajpur in Gujarat,after visiting Agra and Jaipur,when a mob attacked them near Prantij. Three persons,including the driver,were killed in the massacre,while one of the uncles went missing,who is now presumed dead. Soon after,Imran returned to the UK.
The case was subsequently handed over to a SC-appointed Special Investigation Team. The trial was also shifted to a Himmatnagar court. The court had recorded statements of some of the witnesses,who stay abroad,through video conference. Sometime ago,the accused had moved a petition stating that the depositions should be transcribed to make sure there were no discrepancies. So the court ordered Gujarat FSL to provide transcript of the depositions.