Bombay HC informed about Pak Commission visit

The government has informed the Bombay HC about Pakistan judicial commission`s desire to visit the country.

Last Updated: Dec 30, 2011, 20:02 PM IST

New Delhi: The government has informed the
Bombay High Court about Pakistan judicial commission`s desire
to visit the country and interview key persons linked to the
probe into 2008 Mumbai terror attacks including the official
who had questioned Ajmal Kasab.

When asked about the visit of the Commission, Home
Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said, "We have informed the High
Court of Bombay that the Pakistani Commission desires to visit
India in January and they have suggested some dates and we
have asked the Chief Justice of Bombay High Court to agree and
give suitable instructions to the judicial authorities.

"Once we hear from the Chief Justice of the Bombay High
Court we will convey it to Pakistan. I hope this will go
through in January 2012," he said.

New Delhi was informed on Tuesday that the Pakistan
judicial commission will visit India in January 2012, official
sources said.

The commission will take the statements of Additional
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate RV Sawant Waghule and
Investigating Officer Ramesh Mahale, who recorded the
confessional statement of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving
terrorist involved in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, to
pursue the case in Pakistan.

It also wanted to take the statements of the two doctors
who carried out the post mortem of the terrorists killed.

Government had to inform the High Court about the visit
of the judicial commission as the terror incident and the
trial of the case had taken place under its area of
jurisdiction.

Pakistan has already issued a gazette notification on the
formation of the judicial commission and has listed the
members who will represent Pakistan government.

The delegation will include Khalid Qureshi, the head of
the Federal Investigation Agency`s Special Investigation
Group, and Muhammad Azhar Chaudhry and Chaudhry Zulifqar, the
two main prosecutors.

The notification further said that representatives of the
defence lawyers too would be part of the commission.

PTI