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Plea to ignore statements of Suresh, astrologer

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HYDERABAD, DEC. 23. Surender Rao, counsel of the film actor, Balakrishna, who is facing trial at a local court here in connection with the shooting incident in his house, on Thursday argued that the dying declarations would not be admissible in the court if the victims concerned survived.

Before examination of three more witnesses began today, he appealed to the judge not to admit the statements made before the magistrate by the film producer, B. Suresh, and astrologer, Satyanarayana Choudhary, who sustained bullet injuries in the incident, as they survived. He maintained that the dying declarations become ``previous statements made during investigations.'' The 23rd Metropolitan Magistrate, Jaya Prasad, who recorded statements of Suresh and Choudhary in Apollo hospital, Jubilee Hills, deposed evidence in the court. He said that he could not record the statements of Suresh and Choudhary on June 4, as he was not convinced of their physical and mental ability to depose evidence.

Later, he recorded their statements on June 7 after verifying the condition of the two with duty doctors.

The Gandhi Hospital doctor, Surender Reddy, who treated a servant in Balakrishna's house, Shiva Reddy, for a minor injury also deposed evidence.

The Jubilee Hills Sub-Inspector, Venkatesham, told the court that he was on patrolling duty on the night of the shooting incident and rushed to the spot on receipt of information.

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