In-chamber trial of Headley aides on P`graph test
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 28, 2010, 21:51
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Saturday held an in-chamber hearing when National Investigation Agency gave a report on whether or not alleged Indian aides of David Coleman Headley consented to undergo lie-detection tests in connection with plotting the Mumbai 26/11 attack and other strikes in India between 2005 and 2009.

In a close-door proceeding, which lasted around half an hour, Superintendent of Police Swayam Prakash Pani of NIA apprised District and Sessions Judge S P Garg as to whether the Mumbai and Kerala-based aides of Headley have consented to undergo the polygraph tests or not.

The contents of the report and details of the proceedings were not not made public.

NIA had earlier submitted that the terror suspects have agreed to undergo the lie-detection test which could help the agency in unearthing the alleged broader designs to plan and carry out terror attacks.

The court had asked NIA to secure their consent in writing and file them on the record.

The probe agency, which was tight-lipped over the status, identity and the number of Indian suspects, had sought an in-chamber hearing in the case.

Earlier, the details regarding the number, addresses and the status as to whether they are in custody or not were provided to the court in a sealed cover.

The move to conduct polygraph (lie detection) tests on the accused assumed significance as NIA had recently secured NBWs against two serving Pakistani Army Majors and three LeT operatives.

NIA, in the FIR lodged on November 11 last year, has made American of Pakistani origin Headley, Tawahoor Rana, Canadian national also of Pakistani origin, who are now in the custody of FBI, Mumbai terror mastermind Hafiz Sayeed, LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, two Pakistani officers Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali along with Lashkar operatives Sajid Majid, Syed Abdur Rehman and Illyas Kashmiri as accused.

The accused are wanted in connection with terror attacks in Mumbai, Delhi and other places during 2005 to 2009.

Initially, NIA had sought issuance of NBWs against all the nine accused, including Headley and Tawahoor Rana, for getting the Red Corner Notices (RCN) issued against them by the Interpol.

However, the plea against Headley and Rana was later withdrawn by NIA on the ground that one of them has been interrogated by it and they are in custody of the US with whom India has an extradition treaty.

The court did not issue NBWs against Lakhvi and Sayeed on the ground that a Mumbai court had already issued the warrants in the 26/11 terror attack case and it would be sufficient for issuing RCN against them.

The court, while allowing the plea, had considered Headley's statement, recorded at Illinois in the US by NIA, in which he had disclosed the involvement of these accused in the terrorist activities.

The judge had issued NBWs against Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali along with Lashkar operatives Sajid Majid, Syed Abdur Rehman and Illyas Kashmiri.

Headley was arrested by FBI in Chicago in October last year and has been lodged in a detention centre there.


First Published: Saturday, August 28, 2010, 21:51

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