Lahore: The Magisterial Court holding trial of six Canfadian Sikhs for assaulting two Indian diplomats at a Sikh holy shrine here last month today recorded the evidence of three more prosecution witnesses before adjourning the case till tomorrow.

The accused, currently on bail were present in the court which had on Dec, 9, formally charged them with attacking Mr. K.K. Khanna, First Secretary and Mr. M.B. Jain, Consular at the Indian Embassy Islamabad, and causing them injuries.

Meanwhile, the District Attorney moved an application praying for the appointment of a commission to record the evidence of the wounded Indian diplomats and their driver at Islamabad as their appearance in this court was likely to create law and order problem besides causing inconvenience to the concerned witnesses and a heavy expenditure to the State.

The Magistrate, Sheikh Iftikhar Ali, referred the application to the District Magistrate for decision under the relevant law.

The application for commission was however, opposed by the defense counsel who argued that it would involve the shifting of all the accused and their counsel to Islamabad which would cause delay in the proceedings and also heavily cost the state.

The three witnesses examined today were the Registrar of the Mayo Hospital ward where the Indian officials were kept for treatment a police head constable who accompanied the diplomats from Nankana Sahib to Lahore and the in charge of the Tibbi police station who recorded the statement of Mr. Khanna and completed basic formalities in connection with the case.

Article extracted from this publication >>  December 27, 1985