Roles of Hafiz Saeed, Lakhvi not limited to Mumbai attack: NIA

NIA told a Delhi court that the complicity of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed was not confined to 26/11 attacks.

Updated: Jul 20, 2010, 17:57 PM IST

New Delhi: National Investigation Agency
on Tuesday told a Delhi court that the complicity of Pakistan-based
JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other five terror suspects was not
confined to 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as they had conspired
to plot such attacks in other parts of the country as well.

The statement regarding alleged broader nefarious design
of the terror masterminds was made by NIA prosecutor in
response to a query as to why the probe agency was seeking
issuance of non-bailable warrants when a Mumbai court has
already issued NBWs against them in the terror attacks case.
"The present case has to be viewed in a larger
perspective as the ambit of probe goes beyond the Mumbai
attacks case," NIA`s counsel said.

The prosecutor, however, did not elaborate saying it
pertained to national security.

He cited a UN resolution of 1999 by which LeT operations
commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and Saeed have been branded as
international terrorists.

The NBWs were a "condition precedent" for issuance of
Red Corner Notices (RCN) against them, he said.

District and Sessions Judge S P Garg, who was provided
with the case diary containing the statements of David Coleman
Headley, recorded by NIA at Illinois in the US, is likely to
take a decison tomorrow on it plea seeking issuance of NBW
against Saeed, Lakhvi and four others including two Pakistani
army officers.
Earlier, NIA withdrew its plea for NBW against Headley
and Tahawwur Rana, who are now in the custody of the USA,
saying the it was "untenable" in the changed circumstances.

"We want to withdraw the plea against Headley and Rana as
one of them has been duly interrogated by us and they are in
custody of the US with whom India has an extradition treaty,"
the prosecutor had said.