NIA asked to produce David Headley
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 22:06
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday directed the NIA to produce before it on May 31 Pakistani-American David Coleman Headley, his accomplice Tahawwur Rana, LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi for allegedly carrying out several terror strikes in India.

District Judge H S Sharma also issued fresh Non-Bailable Warrants (NBWs) against Pakistan Army officials Major Iqbal and Major Sameer Ali, Al-Qaeda operative Illyas Kashmiri, Headley's handler Sajid Malik and former Pakistani Army officer Abdul Rehman Hashmi, co-accused in the case.

The court fixed the matter for further hearing on May 31 after the National Investigation Agency apprised it that the earlier warrants and summons were not duly served.

During the last hearing, the court after taking cognisance of the voluminous charge sheet of the National Investigation Agency had issued process against Headley, Rana, Saeed and Lakhvi and NBWs against the other five accused for their alleged roles in various terror attacks in the country.

It had also allowed the NIA's plea to issue a letter of request to the Kingdom of Morocco for judicial assistance to collect more evidence against the accused.

The NIA had urged the court to issue a letter rogatory to Morocco to help it further investigate the role of Headley's second wife Faiza Outalha in the 26/11 attacks and ascertain her whereabouts.

According to the NIA, Outalha hails from Morocco and she had made visits to India in April 2007 and June, July and August, 2008.

The NIA had told the court that Red Corner Notice (RCN) has already been issued by the Bombay Police against Headley and Rana.

The NIA, in its charge sheet filed on December 24, had accused 51-year-old Headley, Rana, Saeed and six others for planning and executing terror strikes in India, including the 26/11 Mumbai attack.

The NIA had initially registered a case against Headley and Rana but after a thorough probe, seven other names were included in the case.

The charge sheet, which was filed after two years of probe by the central agencies, contained statements of 134 witnesses along with 210 documents and 106 e-mails.

Headley and Rana are at present in the custody of the US authorities and the NIA has only got a limited access to Headley who had entered into plea bargain with US authorities to escape harsh sentence.

The court had earlier noted in its order that Headley was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 3, 2009 and he had also voluntarily made plea of guilt before the competent authority.

The district judge had also said a court here, in its order on July 21, 2010, had issued NBWs against Lakhvi, Malik, Abdul Rehman Hashmi, Major Iqbal, Major Ali and Kashmiri.


First Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012, 22:06

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