To speed up trial in the German Bakery blast case,the prosecution has moved an application to admit evidence of formal witnesses – like those injured and those who claimed bodies of the dead in the attack – by way of affidavits as done in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case and the 2006 serial train blasts case.
This would mean these witnesses would not have to depose in court in person,thus speeding up trial.
Special Public Prosecutor in the German Bakery case Raja Thakare moved an application stating,to expedite trial,the prosecution desires that evidence of witnesses of a formal nature could be placed on record by way of affidavits under section 296 of the the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
As such,most of these statements are recorded by way of formality…if the prosecution is permitted to lead all this evidence by filing affidavits,the trial can be considerably expedited and valuable time of the court can be saved, the application states.
Thakare said such applications had earlier been allowed by the Bombay High Court.
Additional Sessions Judge N P Dhote,hearing the German Bakery case,has called for defence lawyer A Rehman to give his views on the prosecution application.
Meanwhile,Rehman has agreed to admit about 50 per cent of the 129 documents elaborating details of the forensic and ballistic reports,which the prosecution wanted to submit as evidence under section 294 of the CrPC. The documents Rehman objected to include spot panchnamas,photographs of the scene of crime,videography of the scene and hard disk of the CCTV camera at O Hotel near the German Bakery among others.
The next date of hearing is August 20.
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