New Delhi (Agencies): The trial of Bollywood actor Shyan Munshi and 31 others on the charge of perjury is set to resume at the Delhi High Court for false depositions by them in the killing of ramp model Jessica Lall by Haryana Congress leader Venod Shrama's son Manu Sharma in April 1999.

A division bench of justices S Ravindra Bhat and G P Mittal are set to resume the trial nearly ten months after the Supreme Court upheld the life sentence awarded to Manu Sharma for gunning down the ramp model-cum-bartender in South Delhi restaurant Tamarind Court belonging to socialite Beena Ramani.

The 32 persons, who are to face the resumed trial for turning hostile in the case, included socialite Andleeb Sehgal, ballistic experts Roop Singh and Prem Sagar, electrician Shiv Shankar Dass and eyewitness Jagannath Jha.
Munshi is facing perjury charge as it was he on whose statement the police had registered the FIR against Sharma and was the star witness of the prosecution.

But during his deposition in the court, he had turned hostile and introduced the "two-gun theory" that led to Manu's acquittal in the trial court.

The High Court had taken suo motu cognisance against Munshi and other hostile witnesses while reversing the trial court's acquittal order and sentencing Sharma to life imprisonment in 2006.

The court had later deferred the trial in the perjury case as Sharma went in appeal against the high court ruling.

As the apex court, while upholding the High Court's ruling in Jessica Lall murder case, also endorsed its findings on the issue of perjury, the high court is all set to resume the perjury trial now.

The apex court had last April endorsed the life sentence awarded to Sharma for killing Jessica Lall in 1999. It had also upheld the four-year jail term to two others for destroying evidence.

Seeking resumption of the proceeding last month, Delhi government's Standing Counsel (Criminal) Pawan Sharma had furnished the copy of the apex court judgement and informed it that the court has not stayed the proceedings against the hostile witnesses in the case.

The trial court had acquitted all the nine accused after a majority of the prosecution witnesses, including Munshi, turned hostile.

In 2006, a bench headed by Justice R S Sodhi of Delhi High Court, however, had reversed the trial court order and sentenced Sharma to life imprisonment for killing Jessica.

The court had also awarded four-year jail term to Vikas Yadav, son of former MP D P Yadav, and Amarjeet Singh Gill, an MNC executive, for destroying evidence.