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NIA to hold video conference with US Justice Department

NIA, probing the conspiracy angle in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, will be holding a video conferencing with the US`s Department of Justice.



New Delhi: National Investigation Agency (NIA), probing the conspiracy angle in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, will be holding a video conferencing with the US`s Department of Justice for providing "limited access" to Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley and his accomplice Tahawwur Rana.

The video conference will come in the wake of reluctance on the part of FBI, which blew the lid off the conspiracy being hatched by Headley, American-Pakistani national, along with Rana, who is a Pakistani national settled in Canada, for any further interrogation of the duo by Indian investigators.

Official sources said the video conference will be held soon ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to the United States where he is scheduled to meet Barack Obama as well next month.

However, the matter is unlikely to figure in the Prime Minister`s bilateral talks in the US but sources said it is expected a final decision of whether to allow limited access to Healdey and Rana would be taken before his visit.

India had intensified its efforts for access to Headley and Rana and during Indo-US Homeland Security Dialogue held in Washington between May 20-22, India conveyed to the US for handing over the duo for a brief period after FBI expressed its inability to extradite him.

PTI

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