|Members of the Pakistan judicial commission in Mumbai on Tuesday. (PTI)
Mumbai, Sept. 24: An eight-member judicial commission from Pakistan today started the cross-examination of four Indian witnesses in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case.
The witnesses are the magistrate who recorded Ajmal Kasab’s confession, the investigating officer of the case, and the two doctors who carried out autopsies on the 26/11 gunmen.
The commission members, who came yesterday, arrived at the Esplanade Metropolitan Court this morning where additional chief metropolitan magistrate P.Y. Ladekar recorded the proceedings.
Special public prosecutor of the case Ujjwal Nikam represented the Indian government.
Doctors Shailesh Mohite and Ganesh Nithurkar, who conducted autopsies on nine gunmen slain during the three-day siege in 2008, deposed before the panel today.
Magistrate R.V. Sawant-Waghule who recorded Kasab’s confession under Section 164 of the CrPC, and Ramesh Mahale, then assistant commissioner of police who was the investigating officer of the case, will depose tomorrow.
“The process of cross-examination will continue tomorrow. The commission also wanted to examine the inflatable dinghy and its motor used by the 10 gunmen to enter Mumbai from Karachi,” Nikam said.
The public prosecutor said the panel also wanted to inspect the cellphones and the GPS system seized from the slain gunmen. At one stage, the court expressed its annoyance at why the commission had not informed in advance about its plans to examine these articles, sources said. They are lying at the Arthur Road jail.