Probe into Headley links with 26/11 to end within 6 weeks
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 17:59
New Delhi: India will seek the extradition of LeT operative David Headley after completing within next six weeks investigations into his links with the Mumbai terror attacks, a top official said on Thursday.

"Once we file the chargesheet, we will definitely be seeking access both for interrogation and at a subsequent stage for his extradition," Home Secretary G K Pillai told reporters here on being asked if India would seek access from the US to quiz Headley.

He said in the next four to six weeks, investigations into Headley and Pakistani Canadian Tahawwur Rana's links with the 26/11 attacks will be completed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

"NIA has been entrusted with the investigation into both Headley and Rana. They are continuing with it and we expect that investigations will take about four to six weeks and as soon as investigations are completed, the NIA will file the necessary chargesheet," he said.

He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a DRDO seminar on low-intensity conflict.

Headley, a Pakistan-born US citizen, and Rana were arrested by the FBI in Chicago in October on charges of plotting terror attacks in India at the behest of Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Asked aboiut Headley pleading not guilty in the US court, Pillai said, "we have evidence of his linkages with 26/11 attacks. Nobody is going to confess his guilt. The statement by his lawyer is a tactical ploy to protect his interests".


First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 17:59

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