Final Arguments to Commence

The Hon’ble Justice Gautam Patel has set dates for the final arguments in the suit, which will be held before him in a special session only for this matter from from 28 November 2022 to 23 December 2022 on a day-to-day basis. No adjournments will be possible, and it will not be possible to extend the time for arguments.

Dr. Omar Malik’s evidence hearings concluded

The cross-examination of the Defendant’s first witness, Dr. Omar Malik, a consultant neurologist, began on 2nd February 2021, with Mr. Anand Desai of DSK Legal, on behalf of the Plaintiff, conducting the cross-examination. Due to the Covid pandemic, Dr. Malik was unable to travel to Mumbai and the Hon’ble Bombay High Court set up a video link for his cross-examination at the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IDRC) in London. The cross-examination spanned three half-day sessions, with 118 questions asked, and ended on 4th February 2021.

Plaintiff’s case closed, cross-examination of Plaintiff’s witnesses complete

With the cross-examination of Mukasir-e-Dawat Dr. Syedi Husain Bhaisaheb Burhanuddin Saheb AAB concluded after 7 days of cross-examination, the Plaintiff has now closed his case, and the Defendant’s witnesses will now lead their evidence. The Defendant’s Counsel informed the Hon’ble Court that the Defendant will not be giving his own evidence as a witness, and the Defendant’s first witness will be Dr. Omar Malik, a neurologist who was amongst the doctors who treated the 52nd Dai in the hospital in London when the 52nd Dai suffered a stroke.


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Mukasir-e-Dawat’s cross examination commences

The Plaintiff’s last witness, Mukasir-e-Dawat Dr. Syedi Husain Bhaisaheb Burhanuddin Saheb AAB, PhD in Quranic Studies from the University of Cambridge, who has translated documents in the Arabic and Lisan-ud-Dawat languages into the English language, cross-examination commenced.