26/11 accused to examine NIA chief, Rahul Bhatt

Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 15:22

Mumbai: An accused in the 26/11 terror attack
case on Monday sought permission from the trial court to examine
NIA chief SC Sinha, Gujarat DGP SS Khandwawala, Rahul
Bhatt -- son of film-maker Mahesh Bhatt, and fitness instructor
Vilas Warak as defence witnesses.

The accused Sabahuddin Ahmed`s lawyer Ejaz Naqvi told the
court that he wants to examine these four witness to establish
that terror suspect David Headley had conducted the reece of
Mumbai before the 26/11 attack and not Sabahuddin as alleged
by the prosecution.

"David Headley was staying at Malabar Hill in Mumbai and
had conducted recce of the entire city and had passed on
information to the 26/11 perpetrators. Then what is the need
for Sabahuddin to prepare the sketches?" Naqvi asked.

He further argued that according to the investigation
agencies, Headley had also conducted recce of the Osho ashram
in Pune near which a blast took place on February 13.

Asked by special judge ML Tahiliyani as to what evidence
Rahul Bhatt and Vilas Warak can give, Naqvi said the duo were
close friends of Headley and had visited several places in the
city with him.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 22, 2010 - 15:22

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