BY RATTAN MALL
THE pre-trial conference for Radio India boss Maninder Gill’s case in which Surrey businessman Harjit Atwal was shot in the leg at Surrey’s Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara on August 28, 2010, is scheduled to take place at 9:15 a.m. on Monday (January 6) at the New Westminster Supreme Court.
A pre-trial conference is when Crown Counsel and defense meet in court in front of a judge and make sure that both sides are ready to go to trial and to discuss any last minute issues. It is usually a short hearing.
The jury selection for the trial starts on March 4 at 10 a.m. The jury will be selected by Crown and defense in a courtroom in front of a judge.
Last month, Asian Journal reported that witnesses had received notices to appear at the trial that has been is scheduled from March 24 to April 11.
The notice states: “Our office will be in contact with you closer to the trial date to confirm when you will be required to testify and to arrange a pre-trial interview.”
Both Gill and Atwal were guests at a wedding at the Surrey gurdwara. An argument in the parking lot apparently sparked off the shooting.
RCMP said at the time: “It was quickly determined that the suspect in this matter had fled the scene. … After interviewing witnesses at the scene, a suspect was identified in this matter. An intensive investigation was undertaken in the hours following the incident.”
Police searched for Gill at his radio station and at his house, where some residents were handcuffed and later released.
Meanwhile, investigators forwarded a request to Crown Counsel for charges and an arrest warrant was issued for Gill’s arrest.
Gill turned himself in two days later and was released on a $200,000 bail on September 9, 2010.
Gill now faces charges of pointing a firearm, possessing weapon for dangerous purpose, and discharge a firearm with intent to wound / disfigure in connection with the incident.