Court summons MEA official to depose on Faheem`s Pak passport

Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 17:22

Mumbai: The special court hearing the
26/11 Mumbai terror attack case on Thursday issued summons to a
Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs to throw
light on a dossier sent by Pakistan to India on Faheem Ansari,
who is facing trial along with two others.

The summons, returnable on November 4, was issued to
Mantri Vora, Joint Secretary in the MEA, on an application
made by Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

According to Nikam, Pakistan had admitted that the
passport seized from Faheem was genuine and issued by the
authorities there, although it was procured on the strength of
fake documents.

In this regard, Pakistan had sent a dossier to India and
the prosecution wants to examine the MEA officer with
connection to this particular information.

Nikam, however, made it clear that his examination would
be limited to the dossier relating to Faheem`s Pakistani
passport. As the dossier contains sensitive and confidential
information, other aspects would not be touched upon, he said.

Faheem is facing the trial along with Sabauddin Ahmed
and Pakistani gunman Mohd Ajmal Kasab, the only LeT militant
who took part in the 26/11 strikes and was captured alive.

They are charged with the murder of 166 persons in the
terror attacks on November 26 last year. Faheem is charged
with preparing maps to show targets and giving them to
Lashkar-e-Tayeba in Pakistan to strike terror in India.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 29, 2009 - 17:22

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