New Delhi: The government on Thursday said that the National Investigating Agency (NIA) will complete its probe into LeT operative David Headley’s alleged role in the 26/11 attacks within four to six weeks.
Speaking to reporters in the national capital, Home Secretary GK Pillai today said, “Probe in the 26/11 case will be completed within four to six weeks by the NIA.”
Confirming that the NIA probe was in its last stage, Pillay said, “A charge sheet will be filed shortly after the NIA probe is complete.”
The Home Secretary said that the Indian investigators are in constant touch with the FBI officials, who have gathered concrete evidence against Headley, hence New Delhi will seek access to Headley first before extraditing him to India.
“NIA has been investigating. They will continue and will seek access for interrogation and extradition of Headley,” he said.
The Home Secretary also informed that the investigators have sought some very crucial details pertaining to Pakistan’s involvement in the deadliest terror attacks in Mumbai.
Referring to the not guilty plea forwarded by Headley’s lawyers, Pillai said, “It was an interesting ploy to save their client’s vested interest.”
The statement from the top bureaucrat comes shortly after Headley pleaded not guilty to all ten counts of criminal conspiracy when he was produced before a US court.
The 49-year-old Pakistani-origin American, arrested in October this year, also pleaded not guilty to the charge of plotting terror attacks in Denmark. The next hearing of the case will be held on January 12.
Headley, who appeared in court in an orange jumpsuit, shackled at the ankle, has been charged with six counts of criminal conspiracy.
He was accused of conspiring to bomb public places in India, murder and maim persons in India and Denmark, providing material support to foreign terrorist plots and providing material support to Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar -e-Toiba(LeT).
Headley, who changed his name from Daood Gilani in 2006 so he could "present himself in India as an American who was neither Muslim nor Pakistani, was also facing six counts of aiding and abetting the murder of US citizens in India.