India may allow Pak comm to cross examine witnesses

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 19:10

New Delhi: India may allow cross examination of witnesses by a Pakistani judicial commission set up for the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

Home Secretary R K Singh said New Delhi may consider such a request from Islamabad as it wanted conviction of those who were involved in 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai and are now in Pakistan.

"We had requested our High Commissioner in Pakistan to approach the government there and ask them how they want to proceed. If they send us a communication, we will look at that communication.
"Once we get to know as to how they want to proceed, we will consult our legal team what is feasible and what is not. We want these people to brought to justice," he told reporters here.

Singh`s comments came in the wake of a report from Islamabad that Pakistan government has informed India that evidence provided by New Delhi in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks case is not admissible in a Pakistani court as defence lawyers were not allowed to cross-examine Indian officials when the commission had visited Mumbai.
"So far, we have not received any communication from Pakistan," he said.
Asked about the Pakistani court`s contention that the information gathered by the Pakistani commission in India had no evidential value, Singh said Indian legal experts conveyed to the government that whatever evidence the commission had collected has evidential value because the statements were recorded by the Magistrate.


First Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 19:10

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