26/11 trial: Evidence of 47 more witnesses to be submitted

Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 19:36

Mumbai: The special 26/11 court today
allowed the prosecution to submit the evidence of 47 more
formal witnesses in the form of affidavits.

The prosecution had on Saturday sought permission to
adduce the evidence of 47 formal witnesses, which included
inquest panch and carriers of bodies from the terror site to
the hospital.

Lone surviving Pakistani gunman Ajmal Kasab`s lawyer K P
Pawar had opposed the submission of more witnesses arguing
that the prosecution should have submitted their evidence in
the initial stages and not after the court has recorded the
statements of the three accused.

Special Judge M L Tahiliyani however observed that though
it was the prosecution`s mistake to have not submitted the
evidence earlier, the court has the discretion to examine more
witnesses at any stage.

"The evidence of these 47 witnesses is important for the
prosecution to establish their argument that the deceased
persons were killed by the firing at CST, Hotel Taj and
Trident, Nariman House and Cafe Leopold," the court remarked.

At the end of today`s court proceedings, Kasab told the
court that he is ill and alleged that his food is being laced
with drugs.

The judge asked the gunman to file an application through
his lawyer in this regard.


PTI



First Published: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 19:36

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