26/11: Pak wants to send panel again,cross- examine

They said New Delhi would get the Pakistani court ruling,which has been sent along with the request,examined by legal experts to decide whether Pakistan’s request could be entertained.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:August 9, 2012 1:48 am

Pakistan has sent a request to India to allow its judicial commission to travel to Mumbai again and this time allow the cross-examination of four key officials in the Mumbai terror attacks in order to collect evidence against the Pakistani nationals that stand accused.

An eight-member judicial commission had come to Mumbai in March. Amongst others,they were allowed to meet,but not cross-examine,the magistrate who had recorded the statement of Ajmal Kasab,the investigating officer,and two doctors who had conducted autopsy of the nine terrorists who had been killed by the security forces.

A Pakistani court had ruled that the information collected by the commission could not be considered as “evidence” to prosecute the seven Pakistani nationals accused in the attack,including LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

Home Ministry officials said the government was considering the latest request of Pakistan and did not rule out the possibility of letting the judicial commission cross-examine the witnesses. They said New Delhi would get the Pakistani court ruling,which has been sent along with the request,examined by legal experts to decide whether Pakistan’s request could be entertained.

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