Six members of the Pakistani judicial commission arrived in the city on Thursday to record statements of four Indian witnesses in the 26/11 trial, which is currently underway in Pakistan. The six members are accompanied by six others from the Pakistan high commission and other dignitaries.
The delegation arrived at 3 pm at the Mumbai domestic airport and were escorted under heavy security to the Hotel Marine Plaza where they will be staying. The police have ensured tight security in and around the hotel.
Members of the commission include defence lawyers Khwaja Haris, Riyaz Akram Choudhary, Fakhar Haayat, Raja Ehassan Ulhakhan and special public prosecutors Choudhary Mohammed Azhar and Choudhary Ali.
The commission will begin recording statements from Friday at the Esplanade Court. Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who will be present at the proceedings, told HT that four witnesses will be examined by the commission and the order in which they would be questioned would be decided by the chief judicial magistrate of the court. “No cross examination would be allowed,” Nikam said.
The four witnesses include magistrate RV Sawant Waghule, who had recorded the confession of terrorist Ajmal Kasab, and crime branch officer Ramesh Mahale, who is the investigating officer in the case.
The statements of the witnesses will be used as evidence in the trial against LeT top commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and six other who are being tried in Pakistan and have allegedly played a key role in the 26/11 attack.