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

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.