Pak panel to examine 26/11 attack witnesses

A Pakistani judicial panel comprising eight persons,including defence and prosecution lawyers,will visit the city on Thursday to examine four key witnesses in the 26/11 Mumbai attack probe.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: March 13, 2012 3:53 am

A Pakistani judicial panel comprising eight persons,including defence and prosecution lawyers,will visit the city on Thursday to examine four key witnesses in the 26/11 Mumbai attack probe. The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has asked the state government to handle logistics for the panel’s visit,revealed sources.

The panel,comprising five defence lawyers,two public prosecutors and a court official,will reach New Delhi on Wednesday and meet officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) before heading for Mumbai.

The examination of witnesses will take place at the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court at the Esplanade court compound in south Mumbai.

Among those who will be examined by the panel are 26/11 investigating officer Ramesh Mahale,senior inspector of Unit 1 of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch,Rama Sawant Waghule,the magistrate who recorded the statement of 26/11 perpetrator Ajmal Kasab,Dr Shailesh Mohite,professor and head of the Forensic Science Department at Nair Hospital and Dr Ganesh Nitukar,medical officer of the Forensic Science Department of the J J Hospital.

Senior Mumbai Police Crime Branch officers revealed that the panel may not be allowed to meet Kasab.

“The panel comprises defence lawyers Khwaja Haris,Riyaz Akram Chaudhari,Fakhar Hayat,Raja Ullah- Khan and Issam bin- Haris. It also comprises special public prosecutors Chaudhari Mohammad Azhar and Chaudhary Zulfikar and court and government official Azad Khan,” a Crime Branch officer said.

Sources revealed that the MEA has asked the state government to handle the logistics of the panel and ensure that they are provided adequate security. The panel will leave for Pakistan on March 19.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy said the panel will examine the witnesses till Monday. “We will be represented by special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam,” Roy said.

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