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26/11 case: India to take a call on Pak commission

New Delhi: India will soon take a decision on allowing a Pakistani judicial commission to visit here to interview key witnesses in connection with the trial of seven Pakistani suspects in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case.

Secretary (Internal Security) in the Ministry of Home Affairs Utthan Kumar Bansal said the government has received a communication from Islamabad requesting it to allow the commission from Pakistan to visit India.

"We are discussing the issue and an appropriate decision will be taken soon," Bansal told reporters when asked about Pakistan`s request.

As part of the judicial process of 26/11 case in that country, the commission wants to visit India to take statements of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate R V Sawant Waghule, Investigating Officer Ramesh Mahale, who recorded Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab`s statement, and the doctor who carried out the post-mortem of the terrorists.

Recently, Islamabad has conveyed to India that it should not be held responsible if prime accused of Mumbai attacks case Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and six of his accomplices, who have been charged with planning and facilitating the 26/11 strikes, get relief from the court because the judicial commission failed to visit India.

India is yet to take a decision on the request of Pakistan. But Pakistan has declined a request from India to send a commission to that country to take statements of the prime accused saying it lacks judicial approval.

India is now planning to take approval from a court to send the commission to Pakistan.

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