India hopeful of favourable response to Headley extradition
New Delhi: India is hopeful that the US would take a favourable decision on its request for extradition of American-born Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist and Mumbai terror accused David Headley and his accomplice Tahawwur Hussain Rana before their sentencing in America.
Official sources said on Thursday that New Delhi is awaiting a response from Washington on its request sent last month to extradite Headley and Rana.
US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman had said on Monday that India`s request for extradition of Headley was under consideration and a decision could be taken soon.
India had access to 52-year-old Pakistani-American Headley, who recced the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack targets for the LeT, but so far has not been able to quiz his Pakistani- Candian businessman friend Rana.
New Delhi`s requests for access to Headley`s wife Shazia Gilani, his girlfriend Portia Peter, one more female friend are also yet to be acceded by Washington.
Sources said talks are being planned between the Ministry of Home Affairs and the US Department of Justice to discuss a series of issues, including Headley and Rana.
"Not only Headley and Rana, we are talking to the US on a number of issues very seriously," sources said.
Headley had pleaded guilty to 12 terrorism charges, including his involvement in the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The sentencing of Headley has been fixed by a Chicago court on January 17 next year.
Last year, Rana was also convicted of providing material support to the terrorist organisation LeT. However, he was acquitted of conspiring to provide material support to the conspiracies to bomb public places in Mumbai. Rana`s sentencing will take place on January 15.
The issue of Headley and Rana was taken up by India with the US in a series of meetings including by the then External Affairs Minister S M Krishna with Secretary of States Hillary Clinton, Union Home Secretary R K Singh with his American counterpart.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Panel discussion on Mumbai HC allowing women to enter Haji Ali Dargah
- Panel discussion on Mumbai HC allowing women to enter Haji Ali Dargah Part II
- Uttarakhand: MBBS students builds toilets in a village in Rishikesh
- Digital detox helps to get rid of smartphones addiction
- Watch: Syrian boys crying, hugging each other after their brother is killed in airstrike
- Sister aka stylist Rhea Kapoor speaks about Sonam's fashion secrets
- Overhaul Indian sports bodies and de-link from Political patronage to overcome Rio fiasco: CPI-M
- Fawad Khan has short yet pivotal role in 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil': Karan Johar
- Looks like it takes a lot of men to doll up Sunny Leone- See pic
- Lemon: An ideal ingredient for your glowing skin, good health