26/11 probe: US Attorney Gen assures help to India

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 22:59

Washington: With India seeking extradition of
David Headley and Tahawwur Hussein Rana, the US has assured it
of all possible help in bringing to book culprits of the 2008
Mumbai attacks.

The assurance was given to Indian ambassador Nirupama Rao
by US Attorney General Eric Holder in a meeting here on
Tuesday.

Rao met Holder and underlined the importance of
cooperation in the investigation of the Mumbai terror attacks,
in which India has sought extradition of the two accused who
are currently lodged in a US prison.

"Attorney General Holder assured all possible assistance
as provided within the framework of US law in this regard and
underscored the importance the US attached to counter
terrorism cooperation with India," Indian Embassy spokesman,
Virander Paul, said.

"Underscoring the crucial importance of cooperation in the
investigation of the Mumbai terror attacks, Ambassador Rao
expressed the hope that a few important aspects of the request
for assistance in this regard would be fulfilled soon," Paul
added.

An Indian court last week ordered the National
Investigation Agency (NIA) to produce Headley and Rana - the
two 26/11 accused lodged in a Chicago jail –FGN NJYYP’YM; before it on
March 13.

Headley, who conducted surveillance operations in Mumbai
for LeT targets, entered a plea bargain with the US
authorities under which he would not be extradited to a third
country.

Holder and Rao also discussed the growing India-US
cooperation in diverse fields including counter-terrorism and
mutual legal assistance in crime-related matters.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 22:59

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