26/11 verdict out, India may allow another Pakistan panel to visit
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With the Supreme Court confirming 26/11 attacker Ajmal Kasab's death sentence, there is a narrow possibility that India may revisit the question of allowing another Pakistani judicial commission to visit and record statements.
One of the reasons the Pakistani anti-terror court hearing the 26/11 case in Rawalpindi rejected the report of the last judicial commission as evidence was that the team did not cross-examine judicial and police officers who recorded Kasab's statement.
Reacting to the Indian Supreme Court verdict, Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on the sidelines of the NAM summit in Tehran, "India knows that it cannot not allow people (judicial commission) from Pakistan access and expect to move forward."
The Pakistani judicial commission was allowed to record the statements of the metropolitan magistrate before whom Kasab made his confession, and the police officer who interrogated him, but was not allowed to cross-examine them. As per criminal court procedures in India and Pakistan, evidence cannot be accepted without cross-examination.
India's CrPC has a provision to allow cross-examination, but the home ministry feared Pakistan's inference of Kasab's interrogation might differ with India's, leading to complications when the Supreme Court was hearing his appeal.