Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pak judicial panel begins work in 26/11 case today

SECURITY FOR THE GUESTS: The hotel on Marine Drive where the Pakistani team stayed on Monday

Lawyers Here To Cross-Examine Four Witnesses 


Rebecca Samervel, Pratibha Masand & Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: Four witnesses in the 26/11 terrorist attack case will be cross-examined from Tuesday by lawyers who are part of an eight-member judicial commission from Pakistan. 

    The commission made up of four defence counsels, two officers of the anti-terror court in Rawalpindi, where the trial is on, and two public prosecutors arrived in the city on Sunday.    Additional chief metropolitan magistrate P Y Ladekar will record the evidence in the Esplanade court, on behalf of the Rawalpindi court. 

    Special public prosecutor Ujjawal Nikam will represent the Governent of India.
    The four witnesses to be cross-examined are police investigating officer Ramesh Mahale, magistrate R V Sawant Waghule, Dr Shailesh Mohite and Dr Ganesh Nithurkar.    Mahale had filed the chargesheet in the terror case, Waghule had recorded the confessional statement of terrorist Ajmal Kasab and the doctors had conducted autopsies of the nine other terrorists.  “The procedure will continue for the next two to three days,” Nikam said. 

    Court sources said there would be high security for the commission and nobody other than those directly involved with the matter would be allowed inside the courtroom.    An earlier judicial commission from Pakistan had recorded the statements of the witnesses in March last year. The commission, including five advocates representing the seven persons charged with conspiracy in the 26/11 attack on the city, two Pakistani public prosecutors and a court officer, was not allowed to cross-examine the witnesses. 

    The Rawalpindi court had refused to accept the statements on the grounds that a trial was incomplete without cross-examination by the defence.   Earlier this year, a four-member delegation from the country consisting of Nikam, two senior officials of the ministry of home affairs and an official from the ministry of external affairs visited Pakistan and held discussions on the matter.
    “The commission was delayed after the public prosecutor in the case was shot dead in Pakistan in May,” Nikam said. 

    Dr Shailesh Mohite, head of forensic medicine at Nair Hospital, who agreed that cross-examination was important. “Even they (Pakistani commission) have to show evidence in their courts,” he said.

THE VISITING PAK JUDICIAL COMMISSION MEMBERS|There are in all eight members. Four are defence counsels, two public prosecutors and two judicial officials from Rawalpindi involved in the trial for the 26/11 terror conspiracy  
MISSION|Crossexamination of Indian witnesses 
Ramesh Mahale Police investigating officer. Interrogated Kasab and his handler Abu Jundal alias Zabihuddin Ansari. Filed the chargesheet in the special court, along with statements of over 400 witnesses, including
victims from abroad. The 57-year-old opted for voluntary retirement a few months ago
RV Sawant Waghule Additional chief metropolitan magistrate who recorded Kasab’s confessional statement on Feb 21, 2009. She had appeared before the earlier Pakistani judicial commission
Dr Shailesh Mohite Professor, head of forensic medicine dept, BY Nair Hospital. Led a team of five that carried out autopsies on 22 bodies. Conducted post-mortem on Abu Ismail, the terrorists’ group leader who attacked CST with Kasab
Dr Ganesh Nithurkar Lecturer, forensic medicine dept, JJ Hospital, and assistant professor. Performed round-theclock autopsies with nine others on 120 bodies, including those of eight terrorists, over four days THE 
WHEN Night of Nov 26 to morning of Nov 29 in 2008

ATTACKERS 10 Pakistanis (nine killed; Ajmal Kasab captured alive and hanged) 
 PLACES TARGETED|Leopold Cafe, CST, Cama Hospital, Taj Mahal hotel, Trident hotel, Nariman House, besides gunfire on streets and an explosion each at Mazgaon and Vile Parle
(including 18 foreigners)

The Times of India, September 24, 2013

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