‘US entering plea bargain with Headley suspicious’

Former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai accused the US of entering into plea bargain with David Headley without taking India into confidence.

New Delhi: On the eve of third anniversary
of 26/11 Mumbai attack, former Union Home Secretary GK Pillai
on Friday accused the United States of entering into plea bargain
with one of the key accused David Headley without taking
India into confidence.
Pillai questioned the motive behind the US entering into
the plea bargain with Pakistani-American Headley, who did a
recce of the 26/11 targets for the Lashkar-e-Taiba, which
carried out the attack three years ago.

"I think the very fact that a person who is so closely
involved in 26/11 attacks, once arrested, the Americans went
into a plea bargain without informing us. One of the
conditions was he would not be extradited to India. So we
would like to suspect the motive behind the plea bargain
itself," he told reporters here.

Pillai said the circumstances in which Headley travelled
into India, then Pakistan and then to the United States eight
or nine times, it should have raised the alarm in America.
"Besides, the (his) first wife and the second wife all
said that he was involved in terror activities -- no action
has taken. We have raised these issues but the Americans, I
think, were in total denials of these," he said.

The retired bureaucrat said the US was yet to share with
India lots of information about Headley which include
information about his passport, information about his
bank accounts, information about complaints, reports and
explanation given by his second wife.


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