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100 witnesses examined in record time; 9 on Tuesday

In a record time of over a month,the prosecution has completed examination of 100 witnesses in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.

In a record time of over a month,the prosecution has completed examination of 100 witnesses in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case. The court on Tuesday examined nine witnesses — forensic experts and policemen — on Tuesday.

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said, “It’s an achievement for the prosecution as the case needs to be completed on a fast-track basis,considering the gravity of the offence and the public sentiments attached to it. We have been able to present evidence in four cases of the 12 registered against the terrorist.”

Five policemen — sub inspector Kisan Gavit, assistant inspector Pandurang Bhangare,inspector Bharat Gade,crime branch officer Mohammed Azam Patel and railway policeman Chandrakant Khandale — were examined on Tuesday. The four forensic experts examined included Dr Pradnya Sarkat,Dr Sonali Khairmode,Dr Anil Karekar and Dr Sunil Jhavale. These experts had done autopsy on the bodies and recovered bullets from them,which have matched with those fired from the gun of Kasab.

There was a heated argument between Kasab’s lawyer Abbas Kazmi and judge M L Tahiliyani over the former seeking adjournment for examining witnesses. The judge,at one point,said: “I have appointed you and lawyer K P Pawar to assist me,but you are purposefully delaying the case. If you are of the opinion that without you the case cannot proceed,then it is wrong. You may leave right now if you want.” To this,Kazmi replied,“Sir,it is not purposeful and we are taking efforts to assist the court. But we sometimes do need time to cross-examine the witness.”

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The trial had begun on April 15 while Bhaskar Kadam,the first witness,was examined on May 8.

First published on: 01-07-2009 at 04:01:09 am
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