The special court on Tuesday issued non-bailable warrants against 22 wanted Pakistani nationals for their alleged roles in the November 26, 2008, terror attacks.
Most of the 22 named, including that of Lashkar-e-Tayyeba founder Hafiz Muhammad Saeed and the group’s operations chief Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, were cited by Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab in his confessional statement.
Other names like that of retired Pakistani army officer Col R Sadatullah and Javed, who paid for the Voice Over Internet Protocol address, came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The warrants will, however, only serve as additional evidence for the police in Pakistan, which are prosecuting the accused for their alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks.
“We would approach the Interpol for serving of the warrants. But it is now up to the Pakistani police to further investigate the case,” Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the court.
“The warrants would serve as additional evidence,” Nikam added when the judge, ML Tahilyani, questioned the usefulness of the warrants in absence of full names and exact addresses of many of the wanted.
The Interpol requires full addresses and photographs of the wanted people to issue red-corner notices.
Nikam had earlier requested the court to issue the non-bailable warrants against 27 Pakistani nationals. The court dropped the names of five after Nikam expressed the inability to elaborate the roles played by them in the 26/11 attacks.
The court, however, gave the prosecution the liberty to move another application if it succeeds in getting evidence showing the involvement of the five in the attacks.
The special court on Tuesday recorded the testimonies of three more prosecution witnesses. Government Railway Police Inspector Balkrishna More, Sub-Inspector Ankush Ganjure and Senior Inspector Dilip Mane deposed before the court regarding various panchnamas conducted pertaining to the firing at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus.