Four 26/11 witnesses summoned ahead of Pakistan panel visit

A few days ahead of the expected arrival of a Pakistani judicial commission here, a local court here issued summons to four persons, including a magistrate, to record their statements in connection with the 26/11 terror attack case.

Magistrate R.V. Sawant Waghule, who recorded the confession of the lone surviving attacker Ajmal Kasab, crime branch officer Ramesh Mahale, who was the investigating officer and two doctors who conducted the autopsies of the victims and nine terrorists killed, have been issued summons by Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of the Esplanade court.

All four have been asked to appear in court to record their statements. While Mr. Waghule and Mr. Mahale have been summoned on March 16, the statements of the two doctors will be recorded on March 17, official sources said. The judicial commission from Pakistan will arrive in Delhi on Wednesday and is expected to be in Mumbai by Thursday.

According to the Maharashtra police, the team will consist of defence lawyers Khwaja Haris, Riya Akram Choudhary, Fakhar Haayat, Raja Ehassan Ulhakhan and Isaam Bin Haris, special public prosecutors (SPP) Choudhary Mohammed Azhar and Choudhary Ali and court official Azad Khan.

The statements of the four witnesses will be used as evidence before an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan, which is conducting trial against the Lashkar-e-Taiba’s Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and six other suspects. SPP in the terror attack trial Ujjwal Nikam would accompany Indian officers to be questioned by the Pakistani panel, which will examine the witnesses at the Esplanade court itself.

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