26/11 accused Headley`s grilling by NIA continues

Last Updated: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 00:03

Chicago: Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David
Headley, a key accused in 26/11 attacks, continues to be
grilled by a four-member team of Indian investigators, who
will return home with the details of the questioning next
week.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) team, led by
Loknath Bahera, has been questioning Pakistani-American
Headley face-to-face, eliciting information about his role in
the Mumbai attacks, the wider conspiracy and all those
involved in the carnage, sources said.

The interrogation of Headley, who is accused of having
conducted recce for the Mumbai attacks, is expected to shed
more light on the LeT`s plans regarding terror attacks in
India.

The questioning of 49-year-old Headley, currently being
held in the federal lock-up Metropolitan Correctional Centre
here, revolved around the places he had visited in run up to
the Mumbai terror attacks of November 2008 and the people he
had been in touch with.

"The interrogation is going on. Its details can`t be
revealed as this is not cricket where ball-by-ball account can
be provided," a source familiar with the developments said.

The team is coordinating with its American counterparts
with regard to the investigation.

It will return home next week and compile a report on the
basis of which further steps will be taken, the sources said.

The NIA team, which also includes Special Public
Prosecutor Daya Krishan and two Superintendents, has been here
since June one.

Headley`s interrogation by Indian sleuths was facilitated
by his plea bargain with the US government under which he
expressed readiness to be subjected to questioning by foreign
investigators.

Prior to the NIA team, India`s Solicitor General Gopal
Subramaniam had visited the US in April to work out legal
formalities required for Headley`s questioning.

US Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Robert
Blake has said the Indian government was "satisfied" with the
cooperation it has offered in the case but the country`s media
appeared frustrated by the "delay" in the process.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 00:03

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