much-awaited Pakistan judicial commission will arrive here tomorrow to
record the statement of four people including the magistrate who had
recorded the confessional statement of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving
member of LeT, which was behind the 26/11 attacks.
After a delay of nearly six months, the eight-member Commission, finally
arrived in New Delhi today. According to official sources, the team will
arrive here tomorrow evening and record the statements on March 16 and 17.
Ahead of their arrival, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of the Esplanade
court in south Mumbai issued summons to magistrate R V Sawant Waghule, who
had recorded Kasab's confession, and crime branch officer Ramesh Mahale,
who was the investigating officer in the November 26, 2008 terror strike
by Lashker-e-Taiba terrorists in Mumbai in which over 160 people were
Two doctors from state-run J J Hospital and civic-run Nair hospital have
also been asked to appear in court to record their statements. They had
conducted autopsies on the nine killed terrorists and victims of the
terror strike which lasted for nearly 72 hours. While Waghule and Mahale
have been summoned on March 16, statements of the doctors will be recorded
on March 17.
The commission comprises defence lawyers Khwaja
Haris, Riya Akram Choudhary, Fakhar Haayat, Raja Ehassan Ulhakhan and
Isaam Bin Haris, special public prosecutors Choudhary Mohammed Azhar and
Choudhary Ali and court official Azad Khan. The statements of the four
witnesses will be used as evidence before an anti-terrorism court in
Pakistan, which is conducting trial against LeT's Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi
and six other suspects.