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India will continue to press for extradition of Headley: Govt

Last Updated: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 18:11

New Delhi: India will continue to press for extradition of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley and hopes to get access to his accomplice Tahawwur Hussain Rana.

New Delhi`s request for access to Headley`s wife Shazia Gilani, his girlfriend Portia Peter and one more female friend is yet to be acceded by Washington.

Notwithstanding America`s refusal to extradite Headley, India will continue to press for 52-year-old Pakistani- American terrorist, who carried out recce of the 26/11 targets for terror outfit LeT, Home Ministry officials said.

US Attorney Gary S Shapiro testifying before an American court on Tuesday ruled out extradition of Headley under a guilty plea that he had entered into with the US government.

New Delhi is, however, hopeful of getting access to Headly`s Pakistani-Canadian friend Rana, who helped him to carry out his nefarious design in India, as Washington has given indication in this regard.
"We have been assured access to Rana and we hope to question him soon. A formal request for questioning Rana has been sent to the US," an official said.

On India`s request for questioning Headley`s wife Shazia, his girlfriend and another female friend, the US has conveyed that without the consent of the persons concerned, it is not possible to give any commitment as American law does not allow forcible questioning.

"So, we are seeking their consent to quiz them," the official said.

Though India had limited access to Headley, it has not been able to question Rana so far.


First Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 18:01

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